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April 2, 2019

The healthcare industry is being targeted by cybercriminals and phishing is one of the most common ways to gain access to healthcare networks and sensitive data. The number of successful phishing attacks on healthcare institutions is a serious concern.


Dr. William Gord...

March 25, 2019

Last year was another banner year for HIPAA data breaches reported to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Under HIPAA, covered entities must report to the OCR any unauthorized “acquisition, access, use, or disclosure” of protected health information (PHI).

Depending on th...

March 19, 2019

A former patient coordinator at UPMC, a medical center in Pittsburgh, has pleaded guilty to wrongfully disclosing health information in a rare case involving criminal prosecution for violating HIPAA. The Department of Justice says Linda Sue Kalina, 61, pleaded guilty i...

March 14, 2019

A pediatric cardiologist recently sentenced to six months’ probation is serving as the latest reminder that violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) can lead to more than civil monetary penalties and reputational damage associated...

March 11, 2019

Email fraud attacks on the healthcare sector increased by a whopping 473 percent between the first quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a new report from Proofpoint, as reported by Health IT Security.

Proofpoint analyzed over 160 billion emails s...

March 8, 2019

Another day, another data breach … this time involving a business associate in charge of medical records storage, Sharecare Health Data Services (SHDS).

AltaMed Health Services (AltaMed) and California Physicians Services (doing business as Blue Shield of California (BS...

March 4, 2019

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that 2018 was a significant year in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement activity. Last year, OCR received approximately $28.7 mi...

February 27, 2019

A recent Wall Street Journal report found that several applications share sensitive data with the social media platform -- often without user consent. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo calls it “an outrageous abuse of privacy.” Facebook can receive this data from certain...

February 19, 2019

Connecticut-based optometrists Dr. Thomas DeLuca, Dr. Anthony Marciano & Associates recently began notifying about 23,578 patients that their personal data was potentially breached during a ransomware attack, according to an article in HealthITSecurity.

On November 29,...

February 11, 2019

A common misconception of telehealth and security may be this: using HIPAA-compliant telehealth software will protect you from HIPAA violations. Of course, using telehealth software that adheres to the clear technical and physical safeguards laid out in HIPAA is a key...