5000+ Patient Data Theft

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John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA had 2 laptops stolen that contained person and health information on 5,450 patients. As is required, the Hospital sent letters to all 5,450 patients telling them of the theft. John Muir Health vice president and privacy officer, Hala Helm, says the laptops were password-protected and contained data in Read More

Data Stolen on 9000

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In a “domestic burglary”, the personal information on 9000 students was stolen from a city counselman’s home. What was done right? The hard drive on the stolen laptop was encrypted. What was done wrong? “data stored on the CD ROMs and memory sticks included Surname, Forename, Gender, Date of Birth, Address, Postcode, Phone number, UPN Read More

Student Personal Data Stolen

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Over 3.3 Million people with student loans had their personal data stolen recently, to include Names, Addresses and Social Security numbers. This isn’t the first time people’s data has been stolen from student loan companies. As noted in the WSJ article, this isn’t the first time this has happened: The student-loan market has battled data Read More

HITECH, HIPAA and Your Practice

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An excellent article by Dom Nicastro discussed the 5 major stumbling blocks that an auditor in Oregon has noticed lately. I expand on two of the stumbling blocks, they listed below. Lack of a risk analysis – Many organization have possibly executed on risk analysis, most have never even done one. This should include, but Read More