Friday, January 23, 2015

Nursing Home Insider Sentenced for Patient ID Thefts

A former nursing assistant at a Georgia nursing home has been sentenced for her role in a scheme to steal patient identities that were then used for tax refund fraud.

The certified nursing assistant pleaded guilty to stealing patients' names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers and providing them to a co-conspirator who filed fraudulent tax returns. She was sentenced to five years probation and must repay the IRS.

"A former nursing home worker...pleaded guilty in an identity fraud scheme involving stolen patient information."
- The Telegraph

The identity thefts were discovered by law enforcement. Rather than learn about ID thefts from third parties, healthcare organizations can detect them proactively with low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.

Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) SOURCE_TITLE - www.TheTelegraph.com, 01/22/2015

http://blog.veriphyr.com/2015/01/nursing-home-insider-patient-id-thefts.html

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bank Teller ID Theft Ring in NY

Bank tellers from a number of New York banks were part of an identity theft ring which stole personal information from hundreds of customers.

Two of the ring leaders, who had expanded the scheme to Connecticut and Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

"The [identity theft] scheme had been expanded to Long Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts."
- NY Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman
It is unclear over what period of time the ID thefts occurred or how they were discovered. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Two Plead Guilty in New York Identity Theft Case - www.AmericanBanker.com, 01/20/2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Anti-Abortion Insider Breached Patients' Privacy

A hospital employee, who was also a high-profile anti-abortion activist, breached the privacy of hundreds of patients by inappropriately accessing their records and abortion files.

Between 2011 and 2012 this information clerk, who has since been fired, snooped on nearly 300 patients. Although the hospital says this person's "work computer and email were searched and did not reveal any evidence of patient personal health information having been disclosed" in this age of smart phone cameras every screen can easily be captured and later printed and shared.

"Nobody wants to have unauthorized people accessing your records, but with abortion services there is another layer of need for confidentiality."
- Celia Posyniak, Executive Director Kensington Clinic
It is unclear why the breaches of a know anti-abortion activist were allowed to go on for a year. Healthcare organizations seeking proactive detection of patient data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
DownlLearn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Anti-abortion activist fired in patient privacy breach - www.TheStar.com, 01/20/2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dentist Sued for Privacy Breaches

State attorney generals continue to go after HIPAA violators. The Indiana State Attorney General's Office has reached a settlement with a dentist they sued for mishandling records of 5,600 patients. The records included names, medical records, phone numbers, birth dates, Social Security numbers, insurance cards, insurance information and state ID numbers

Indiana's Attorney General, Greg Zoller, is seeking to toughen laws related to data breaches. He said “The alarming rise in data breaches we’re experiencing on a global scale is putting countless Hoosiers at risk of identity theft, which can have absolutely devastating consequences."

"The Attorney General’s Office sued Beck for failing to protect personal information."
- Indiana government
Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) [ATG] State settles with former dentist accused of dumping patient files -
www.IN.gov, 01/09/2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

County Employee Allegedly Stole Inmates' IDs

A Missouri county health department employee allegedly stole prison inmates' IDs.

The clerk, who was employed for 25 years and resigned in November 2014, handled inmates' medical claims. County officials say the employee, in violation of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), took names and Social Security numbers of some inmates from 2008 through last year.

"[The employee took] names and Social Security numbers of some inmates from 2008 through last year."
- St. Louis county officials
These identity thefts were not discovered until after the employee had resigned. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and data privacy breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) St. Louis County investigates possible breach of inmate health privacy - www.StLtoday.com, 01/15/2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

OCR Collects Record $7.5M in 2014 Settlements

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) collected a record $7.5 million in settlements in 2104.

It is important to note that in most settlement cases there was no evidence any of the protected health information (PHI) has ever been misused. This shows how much higher the standard is for PHI vs credit card information.

"[2014] was notable not only for the number of settlements, but their size." - AIS Health
Healthcare organizations seeking to proactively detect PHI identity theft or breach can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytices services.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Breach Caused by Adobe Reader Helps OCR End 2014 With $7.5M in Settlements - www.AIS.com, 01/12/2015

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