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Cost of a Breach: Lost Revenue & Brand Value

Headlines about data breaches are all too common recently, with large companies like Target and Home Depot experiencing large-scale data breaches. The healthcare industry was hit particularly hard in the past few years, with organizations like Anthem Inc. and St. Joseph Health System, to name but two, suffering massive health data breaches.

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Cost of A Breach: Forensics and Notification

Continuing our Cost of a Breach series that examines and breaks down the cost of a hospital data breach, this week’s post will take a closer look at the first two steps a hospital or healthcare institution must take after a data breach has occurred: forensics and notification. In the aftermath of a data breach, the first thing a healthcare...

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Nearly 20M patients affected this summer after huge month of PHI breaches

The number of breached records reported in August totals an unsettling 8,804,608. While this total does not exceed the staggering 11 million records we reported in June, it once again demonstrates that PHI breaches continue to be a huge problem for a wide array of institutions. Even more troubling, one breach reported this month began in 2008,...

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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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