Medical Data Breaches: Game-changing for Health Information ...

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Mar 26 2014 by
While cyber crime continues to grow across industries, medical identity theft and medical data breaches are rising at a disproportionate rate. And though all identity theft can result in catastrophic damage to consumers’ financial wellbeing, medical identity theft may affect their physical health as well. Consumers are aware of the risks, too. In a recent Ponemon Institute study sponsored by Experian® Data Breach...

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Protecting high-risk information in EHRs...

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Jul 03 2012 by
Our guest blogger this week is Karen Barney of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). According to one recent study, more than 19 million health records have been compromised since August 2009.  As the health care industry moves into the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), medical breaches have become a more significant concern. These studies strive to establish a business case for health...

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Medical and mobile: Convenience trumps security...

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May 02 2012 by
Say goodbye to bulky manila folders. Today’s healthcare organizations are zipping through medical histories and writing prescriptions using mobile devices. But the new found convenience hasn’t been without cost – not just in implementing new systems and tools but in losing data when security measures aren’t implemented too. A recent study suggests that adopting new technology is a far greater priority than...

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Responding resourcefully to medical data breaches...

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Apr 26 2012 by
  It’s safe to say that healthcare data is/are under attack. Breaches of medical records increased 97% from 2010 to 2011 according to HHS data. Statistics like that lend new urgency and importance to gatherings such as the upcoming HCCA 2012 Compliance Institute. Be prepared: Does your organization observe security protocols and have controls in place to protect patient health information (PHI)? Have a...

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5 Differentiating factors of a healthcare breach...

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Apr 10 2012 by
Data breaches occur in every industry, but, in healthcare, they’re a whole different ballgame. Black market prices and mobile devices drive data theft and loss. Federal regulations govern breach reporting. With breaches of medical records increasing 97% from 2010 to 2011, the medical field has been especially hard hit. Here’s a look at five factors that make breaches in this one industry so cumbersome, dangerous and...

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Big data can mean big breaches...

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Mar 27 2012 by
As companies accumulate vast amount of data to improve their business intelligence, the risks of data breaches accumulate accordingly.  While organizations are rapidly increasing their ability to store, process and analyze huge amount of information collected from social networks, sensors, IT systems and other sources, they’re often failing to consider that much of this data can be personal, sensitive and subject to...

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Year of the breach: 2011 in review...

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Dec 20 2011 by
Our guest blogger this week is Karen Barney of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The number of breaches reported so far in 2011 is down from 2010, yet 2011 is still considered by many to be yet another “Year of the Breach”.    Several high profile events throughout the year have kept the spotlight on the issue of data exposures, especially those where millions of consumers information was obtained by...

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Data breaches – to prepare or not to prepare? The answer i...

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May 17 2011 by
Our guest blogger this week is Paul Luehr, Managing Director, General Counsel, Stroz Friedberg, LLC - a global digital risk management and investigations firm. All data breaches have two things in common: the need for prompt resolution and the need for a robust preparedness plan. Healthcare institutions especially should heed the call for an incident response plan because it provides the best preventive medicine to...

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Help your customers protect their PHI...

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Sep 21 2010 by
Recently I addressed the importance of having plans in place to protect personal health information in light of the sharp increase in healthcare data breaches.  Unfortunately, research studies are finding that incidents of fraud resulting from exposed healthcare data are on the rise. A recent Javelin Strategy and Research study noted that fraud resulting from exposed health data has more than doubled over the past...

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