Cleaning Crew Steals Records

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The following excerpt is from the River Falls Journal website.  The article is dated Feb 1, 2013. River Falls Medical Clinic says it has notified about 2,400 clients of a breach of unsecured personal information.  The breach occurred after clinic officials reported stolen equipment to the River Falls Police in the summer of 2012. The Read More

Official Use Only?

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Does your office assign a business email to all of your employees? If so, what is your office policy on the use of that email? Sure, you might tell them it is for “official use only”…but what does that mean? And…if you “told” them this vs. having it in a written policy…does it even matter? Read More

Data Breach of 84,000 in OK

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The folks at St. Francis Health System in Tulsa, OK now have 84,000 people to contact. Why? An old computer at a “former” hospital was stolen. Old hospital? Was this computer just left behind? Where there no controls on equipment? Do you know where all of your computer equipment is? What do you do with Read More

1.7 Million Patient’s Data Stolen in NY

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This is horrendous. 1.7 million people in NYC have now had their data stolen. ========= How did this happen? ========= The hospital makes backup tapes of its computers then has the shipped off site. On the surface this seems smart: Backup computers – SMART Store backup off site – SMART Transfer backup data in non-secure Read More

Red Flag Rules Repealed

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Well, not really repealed, but multiple exemptions were passed, and though not specific in the bill, medical practices should now be exempt. On Tuesday the Senate approved S 3987, the latest bill dealing with Red Flag Rules.  This latest version does not specify certain professionals with less than 20 employees may be exempt, but instead Read More