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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a Boston-based hospital, agreed to pay $1.5 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) earlier this week, settling a HIPAA violation stemming from a 2010 incident.
The Air Force is taking disciplinary action against members of the 88th Medical Group in Ohio who left a notebook holding sensitive data in a conference room following a blood drive on base. The notebook was found the morning after being misplaced under a chair in the same limited-use room.
Less than a year after its last data breach, Stanford University’s Hospital and Clinics and the School of Medicine has begun to notify approximately 2,500 patients of a second breach after the theft of a laptop from a physician’s locked office.
The information of nearly 4,000 patients at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) may have been leaked according to a report from the Boston Globe over the weekend. A laptop was stolen from the Harvard-associated teaching hospital on May 22 that could yield the incomplete medical records of 3,900 patients.
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.
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