Healthcare breaches

Kaiser Permanente Case Underscores Due Diligence Requirement

California and U.S. authorities are investigating whether Kaiser Permanente violated some 300,000 patients’ privacy when dealing with a Mom and Pop document storage company that kept medical records in a shared warehouse and stored sensitive data on home computers.

DHS Warns About Threat Of Mobile Devices In Healthcare

In a bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning healthcare organizations about the threat posed by insecure, network attached medical devices and the proliferation of smart phones, tablet PCs and other mobile devices in medical settings.

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights have revised their list of healthcare information breaches over the past month to include 16 additional incidents, according to a report.

Health Net Inc. announced Wednesday that it is investigating a
healthcare data security breach that resulted in the loss of patient
data, affecting 1.5 million customers. The healthcare provider
said the lost files, a mixture of medical data, Social Security numbers
and other personally identifiable information, were collected over the
past seven years and contained on a portable external hard drive. The company said the healthcare data was not
encrypted, but was formatted as images and required a specific software
application to be viewed. Read the full article. [TechTarget]

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