Blood Donor ID Info Stolen in Hawaii

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A laptop that contained information on almost 40,000 donors, and potential donors, was stolen in March. Information contained on this laptop includes: name, address, SSN, and medical condition of those who can’t donate blood. The good news is this laptop requires 2 passwords to access the personal information. The bad news is it is very Read More

Stolen Student Data Recovered

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As reported a few weeks ago, there was a physical break in to a facility that services student loans. It turns out, some safes were stolen that contained hundreds of CD’s & DVD’s with backup information on them. These backups contained personal data from folks who had student loans that were being serviced by this Read More

HIPAA Compliant Email Encryption

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There is a lot of talk about this lately…HIPAA compliant email. First, you need to realize, standard email is NOT a secure method of transmitting ePHI. Most private practices don’t have secure email. Many hospitals do. Should you have it? My argument is no. Why not? There really is no reason for it. A hospital Read More

Electronic Health Records Becoming Data Theft Favorites

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Data theft of medical records is on the rise and will continue. Why? A few reasons: Medical data contains lots of “goodies” for ID theft It’s not that hard to steal Most medical practices don’t have solid privacy policies in place to follow (HIPAA¬† regulations) Since EHR’s are a growing tool, there is more data Read More