Friday, July 25, 2014

Hospital Hit with 150K Privacy Breach Fine

Personal A Rhode Island hospital, who nearly two years ago notified 14,000 patients of a HIPAA breach involving their data, agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations that it failed to safeguard patient information.

The hospital will pay this civil penalty to the Massachusetts Attorney General who filed a lawsuit after discovering 12,127 of those patients were Massachusetts residents. This is an example of states attorney generals' power to sue for HIPAA violations.

"Personal information and protected health information must be properly safeguarded by hospitals and other healthcare entities."
- Attorney General of Massachusetts
According to Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley, "This data breach put thousands of Massachusetts consumers at risk, and it is the hospital's responsibility to ensure that this type of event does not happen again." Organizations seeking to proactively detect breaches of patient privacy can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Women & Infants Hospital to Pay $150,000 to Settle Data Breach Allegations Involving Massachusetts Patients - www.PHIprivacy.net,07/23/2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Employee Sentenced 7 Years for Huge ID Theft

Janice M Nieman embezzled more than $1 million from a Wisconsin not-for-profit health services organization where she was a payroll specialist.

She did this by stealing the identities of 848 registered nurses and creating phantom paid time off which she deposited in her bank account. Nieman was sentenced to seven years in prison.

"...from 2004 to April 2013, Nieman used her access to employee payroll information to concoct and orchestrate an elaborate embezzlement scheme."
- Court documents
It is unclear why the identity thefts took nine years to discover. Organizations seeking proactive detection of identity theft can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Ex-Wheaton worker gets 7 years in huge identity theft case - www.JSonline.com, 07/18/2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

$190M settlement by hospital for privacy and misconduct violations

A Baltimore medical center has agreed to a $190 million settlement with about 8,000 patients of gynecologist Nikita Levy who claim he secretly recorded their genitals during pelvic exams using a tiny camera concealed in a pen or key fob.
"[We have] redoubled our efforts to uphold the highest standards of patient privacy."
- Medical center spokeswoman regarding $190M settlement
The settlement amount is one of the largest on record involving sexual misconduct by a physician. The medical center might have settled to avoid more liability, said Tom Baker, a professor of law and health sciences at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. "You don't pay $200 million unless you thought you had a risk of losing quite a bit more than that," he said.
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Sources:
(a) Hopkins Agrees to Pay $190 Million to Settle Levy Claims - www.BaltimoreSun.com, 07/21/2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Private Investigator to be Tried for Data Breaches

Michael J Gaynor, a private investigator in Ireland, is alleged to have illegally accessed and disclosed personal information held by Ireland's police force, An Garda Síochána, and the Electric Supply Board (ESB).

Gaynor faces criminal charges in relation to alleged breaches of data protection legislation; this is the first such criminal prosecution in the state.

"Mr Gaynor faces three charges of illegally accessing personal information held by An Garda Síochána and of disclosing it without authority, under the provisions of section 22 (1) of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003."
- Irish Times
Reportedly, the breaches occurred between May and October 2013 but it's unclear how the breaches were discovered. Organizations seeking proactive data breach detection can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Private investigator to be tried over data breaches in October - www.IrishTimes.com, 07/21/2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Woman Convicted of ID Theft, Tax Fraud

A jury found an Alabama woman, Nina McKinnie Macena, guilty of of seven felony charges in connection to a conspiracy to defraud the government through identity theft and the filing of false tax returns (SIRF).

Macena obtained identities from a a local bail bondsman who had access to the personal information of individuals detained at the city jail. The identities were used by a third person to file fraudulent income taxes for over $300,000 in returns.

"...trial evidence revealed Macena obtained the identities from Roderick Neal, a former Dothan bail bondsman, who had access to the personal information of individuals who had been detained at the Dothan City Jail.." - US Department of Justice
Unfortunately, as is all to often the case, the identity thefts were not detected at their source but discovered much later after the fraud had grown and many were victimized. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Download a white paper on identity theft detection. Learn how to proactively identify unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Alabama Woman Convicted of Stolen Identity Refund Fraud - www.Justic.egov, 07/14/2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

Health IT Funding Doubles to $1.8B

Venture capital (VC) investments in health IT companies has doubled in Q1 and Q2 2014 to $1.8 billion, according to a report by Mercom Capital Group.

$1.1 billion was raised by companies in management technology, analytics, and population health management.

"Q2 2014 was the first billion-dollar quarter for the health IT sector, which has raised more money so far in 2014 than it did all of last year -- $2.6 billion in 2014 compared with $2.2 billion in 2013." - Raj Prabhu, CEO, Mercom
VC interest is understandable given health IT analytics' ability to deliver business and clinical insights, such as Identity and Access Intelligence, delivered as a low-cost on-demand SaaS service.
Learn how Veriphyr Identity and Access Intelligence delivers business insights - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Health IT Funding Doubled in Q2 2014, Reaching $1.8B, Report Finds - www.iHealthBeat.org, 07/17/2014

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