A Tennessee medical clinic and surgical center is notifying more than half a million patients and employees that their personal information may have been stolen by cybercriminals in an April cyberattack that disrupted healthcare services for several days.
A firm that provides coding and billing services to healthcare entities has agreed to pay federal regulators a $75,000 fine and implement a corrective action plan in the wake of an exfiltration incident that compromised patient data contained in an unsecured network server.
A Cleveland-based healthcare system is notifying a not-yet-disclosed number of individuals about an incident involving unauthorized medical records access by an employee that continued for 15 years. The safety-net organization says the worker has been disciplined.
A Berlin, Maryland-based hospital recently told regulators that a ransomware breach discovered in January had compromised the sensitive information of nearly 137,000 patients, about five times the number of people originally estimated as having been affected by the incident.
A proposed federal class action lawsuit alleges that patient debt collection software firm Intellihartx was negligent in its handling of third-party risk, contributing to a breach affecting nearly 490,000 individuals and involving a recent hack on its file transfer software vendor Fortra.
State regulators have fined health plan Kaiser Permanente $450,000 for a mailing mishap that sent private health plan records to the outdated addresses of 167,095 patients. The erroneous mailing was triggered by a technical update of the health plan's electronic health records system.
Major healthcare industry associations are urging federal regulators to finalize proposed changes to the HIPAA privacy rule that would bolster protections over reproductive healthcare data. In some cases, the groups are suggesting that regulators go even further in stretching privacy safeguards.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss how cyber risk is becoming more closely tied to the economic health of nations, why a rural U.S. healthcare provider is closing due in part to ransomware attack woes, and why some cybersecurity companies have laid off staff this month.
A commercial real estate company that operates more than a dozen addiction recovery centers and other medical facilities in several states is notifying 319,500 employees and patients of a recent ransomware incident that compromised their personal and health information.
Federal regulators have hit Washington state-based Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital with a $240,000 HIPAA fine and correction action plan following a 2018 breach involving 23 hospital security guards who snooped into the electronic medical records of 419 patients.
A former employee of an Arizona hospital has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay restitution to victims after pleading guilty to criminal HIPAA violations and his participation in an identity theft scam that compromised the data of nearly 500 patients.
Federal regulators have once again smacked a healthcare provider with a HIPAA settlement involving patient protected health information that was disclosed in response to a negative online review. Manasa Health Center will pay $30,000 and implement a corrective action plan, HHS said.
The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services has reported to federal regulators its third major health data breach involving a vendor since April. This time, Iowa HHS/Medicaid says the data of nearly 234,000 individuals was compromised in a mega hack recently reported by MCNA Insurance Co.
A federal judge declared a mistrial in the criminal HIPAA conspiracy case against a married couple, both doctors, after the jury deadlocked on whether the two had been entrapped by the U.S. government into providing patient records to a supposed Russian operative. Prosecutors will seek a retrial.
Many hospitals are still more reactive than proactive in terms of embracing recommended best practices that can advance their cybersecurity maturity level, said Steve Low, president of KLAS Research, and Ed Gaudet, CEO of consulting firm Censinet, who discuss findings of a recent benchmarking study.