September 21, 2017

It's Fantasy Football Season, Privacy Officers. You Know What That Means, Right?

In 2015 and 2016, Protenus found that the privacy of professional athletes’ medical records was violated equal to or more than any other VIP or celebrity category. The majority of these privacy violators were repeat offenders. Why? In many cases, Protenus found that football enthusiasts were looking for a competitive edge in their fantasy league by looking at the athlete's records to identify injuries or other types of vulnerabilities.  

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September 20, 2017

Hacking Incidents are Quickly Discovered While Insiders Go Unnoticed

In July and August, it appeared that there were some signs of progress in terms of how long it took to discover a health data breach.  While we’d like to report a new emerging trend, unfortunately the data provided a false sense of improvement.  In the same time frame, healthcare has also experienced an uptick in the number of hacking incidents, which are often quickly discovered due to the effect they have on an organization’s daily operations.  As a result, some of this improvement may simply be attributable to more hacking, rather than faster discovery, though we’ll be tracking this carefully.  Indeed, while hacking is quickly detected, insiders continue to go unnoticed, creating a costly aftermath for both healthcare organizations and patients alike.

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August 16, 2017

Hacking Dominates Breaches, But One Insider Breach Took 14 years to Discover

July is the first month in 2017 to have hacking incidents outweigh insider breaches to patient data in both frequency and number of affected patient records.  While hacking accounted for almost half of total breach incidents this month, the severity and potential damage of insider threats to patient data should not be overlooked, with one incident going undetected for 14 years.

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August 5, 2017

2017 on Track to Exceed 2016 Trend of 'One Health Data Breach per Day'

The Breach Barometer Mid Year Review analyzes how data breaches are affecting the healthcare industry so far in 2017.
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June 26, 2017

Protecting VIP Patient Privacy

Celebrities, public figures, and their family members are especially vulnerable to inappropriate accesses to their medical records, given the public’s interest in their lives and well-being.  After experiencing a health crisis or death, VIPs are often thrust into the spotlight where intense media scrutiny occurs.  It is their health or insurance provider’s responsibility to ensure these patients’ private medical information is protected.  It is often reported that members of the media will try to pay hospital employees to sneak into a VIP’s electronic medical records to obtain private information, giving reporters the inside scoop—a serious breach of the patient’s rights under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Register here for an upcoming webinar focused on practices and technologies for protecting VIP privacy in the EHR. 

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