Saturday, June 25, 2016

Healthcare Worker Convicted for Accessing PHI

A respiratory therapist was convicted for inappropriate access of patient health information while working at an Oregon, Ohio hospital.  

Over a 10 month period the healthcare worker inappropriately accessed the electronic health records of over 550 patients

The therapist could be sentenced up to one year in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.

The conviction was the result of an investigation by the FBI.

For more see - http://nbc24.com/news/local/former-promedica-therapist-convicted-of-illegally-obtaining-patient-data

US Government OK's Cloud for PII

Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud, Microsoft's Azure GovCloud, and CSRA's ARC-P IaaS have U.S. government authorization allowing federal agencies to put highly sensitive data on their cloud-computing services, including data that involves the protection of life and financial ruin.

For more see - https://www.fedramp.gov/fedramp-releases-high-baseline/

Friday, March 4, 2016

Help Children's Hospitals - National Pancake Day, 3/8/2016

As an official partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Veriphyr wants to encourage everyone to support IHOP’s National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

IHOP Restaurants and Veriphyr partners with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help improve the lives of millions of sick children. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with IHOP in support of this great cause and, frankly, we’d hate for you to miss out on free pancakes!

How it Works: IHOP invites guests to visit their local IHOP restaurant on National Pancake Day and receive a free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. In return, they ask that you make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (or, in select markets, another local charity) while at the restaurant.

For more information on National Pancake Day and to find a participating IHOP near you, please go www.ihoppancakeday.com

Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by insiders such as employees, contractors, providers, and vendors.
Sources:
(a) National Pancake Day, 2016 - www.ihoppancakeday.com, 03/04/2016

Monday, December 21, 2015

Heart Clinic Employee Illegally Disclosed Patient's Records

An employee at a Texas heart clinic argued with a patient, who is a pilot, and in retaliation, and without the patient's permission, she sent his medical records to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The now former employee pleaded guilty to wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information and three counts of making false statements, for lying to the FBI. She has been fined $50,000 and faces up to one year in prison.

"She [disclosed the patient's records] “with the intent to cause malicious harm,”." -Court documents
Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect privacy data breaches and identity theft can utilize identity and activity analytics.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by insiders such as employees, contractors, providers, and vendors.
Sources:
(a) Former heart clinic employee admits to illegally disclosing patient’s medical records - www.DallasNews.com, 12/18/2014

Thursday, December 10, 2015

$850K Settlement for Alleged Healthcare Privacy Violations

A healthcare system in Massachusetts has agreed to pay an $850,000 settlement to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for alleged security and privacy violations.

In addition, the OCR said the healthcare organization failed to meet HIPAA criteria on risk analysis and as part of the settlement, they must also perform an organization-wide risk analysis and submit the analysis and a risk management plan to OCR.

"OCR said [the healthcare organization] failed to meet HIPAA criteria on risk analysis."
-iHealheBeat.org
Healthcare organizations seeking to detect data privacy breaches and identity theft, even if it occurs only once, can utilize identity and access analytics.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by insiders such as employees, contractors, providers, and vendors.
Sources:
(a) Health Care Organizations Report Data Breaches, Settlements - www.iHealthBeat.org, 12/08/2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cop Inappropriately Accessed Confidential Info

A police officer with alleged romantic links to an accused drug dealer has been suspended from work.

The female officer was the subject of an internal investigation by the Queensland Australia Ethical Standards Command. Reportedly she has failed to resolve a conflict of interest and inappropriately accessed confidential information on the police database.

"[She] inappropriately accessed confidential information on a police computer system."
- Queensland Police Service spokesperson
It is unclear how the inappropriate access was discovered. Organizations seeking to detect data privacy breaches and identity theft can utilize identity and access analytics.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by insiders such as employees, contractors, providers, and vendors.
Sources:
(a) Qld cop suspended amid crim dating reports - www.News.Com.Au, 11/30/2015

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