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How the HIPAA Security Rule Can Guide a Proactive Security Posture

Being HIPAA-compliant has been a hot topic among healthcare organizations ever since HHS published the HIPAA Security Rule on February 20, 2003. The Security Rule established the standards a healthcare organization had to meet in order to comply with rules set in place to better protect patient privacy. The sad truth is, however, that many...

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Cost of A Breach: Lawsuits

Imagine the following scenario: a celebrity is visiting your hospital after suffering a minor injury. One of your employees lets curiosity get the better of him and accesses the celebrity’s electronic health records (EHRs) without authorization. A protracted lawsuit follows, this cost of a healthcare data breach can cost months of time and...

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July healthcare data breaches spike to 39, some going undetected for years

After a staggering 11 million patient records were breached in June, July’s number of total records breached is back down to April’s levels, at 126,930 records (though nearly half of U.S. states had at least one healthcare data breach incident this month). New this month, we present an analysis of the amount of time a breach goes unreported,...

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Cost of A Breach: Intro

The negative financial consequences of healthcare data breaches continue to worsen. Even a single healthcare data breach can easily end up costing millions of dollars in damages. Just last week, Oregon Health & Science University agreed to pay the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) $2.7 million for two data breaches in 2013 that involved more than 7,000...

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Six Things You Need to Know about Insider Threats to Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI)

Why will criminals shopping on the black market pay at least 20 times more for patient records — and the ePHI they contain — than they will for credit card records? In addition to payment information, patient records contain an enormous number of personal details, ranging from medical history, to medications, to family history, all of which can be...

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