Friday, October 31, 2014

Employer Provided Health Benefits Targeted by Insiders

Legal consultants maintain that a great deal may be at stake for employers and benefit managers when data breaches occur in health care provider systems.

A health record is far more valuable than information stolen from a financial institution, according to Charles E. Harrell, partner at Duane Morris. “An electronic health record (EHR) would have enough information that you could create a false identity pretty quickly.”

"Employers have to be particularly mindful of the fact that people are out there trying to steal information."
- Charles E. Harrell, partner, Duane Morris
For employers, which administer health care coverage, payroll and other benefit systems, Harrell says “there’s a lot that we have to do.” A 2013 survey by Employee Benefit Research Institute found 156 million people had employment-based health benefits.

“Employers have to be particularly mindful of the fact that people are out there trying to steal information," says Harrell. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.

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Sources:
(a) Health care data breaches impact employers, benefits security - www.ebn.BenefitsNews.com, 10/14/20`4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

School Shooter's Medical Privacy Violated

The parents of a boy who shot classmates at school have filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico hospital where he was treated claiming not enough was done to protect the privacy of their son's medical record.

The boy's medical record was inappropriately accessed by eight of the hospital staff. The parents are seeking compensatory and punitive damages from the hospital for "gross and reckless disregard of their son's rights.

"Eight staff members had "gross and reckless disregard of [his privacy] rights" when he was a patient at the hospital ." - News 4, Albuquerque
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Sources:
(a) Roswell shooter's medical privacy violated - www.KOB.com, 10/24/2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

$10M FCC Fine for Carriers' Privacy Breaches

It appears the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is taking a stand as data security cop. It has fined a telecommunications company and its affiliate $10 million for violating the privacy of phone customers' personally identifiable information (PII). The action is the FCC's first data security case and the largest privacy enforcement in the Commission’s history.

The Chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau said consumers trust their personal information will be protected and "when carriers break that trust, the Commission will take action to ensure that they are held accountable for unjust and unreasonable data security practices."

"When carriers break [consumer] trust, the Commission will take action to ensure that they are held accountable for unjust and unreasonable data security practices."
- Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, Travis LeBlanc
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Sources:
(a) The FCC as data security cop: $10 million fine for carriers’ security breaches - www.NetworkWorld.com, 10/24/2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

$850K Settlement for Bank Privacy Breach

Although there has been no identifiable identity theft, a US bank has agreed to pay an $850,000 settlement to nine states for a 2012 privacy breach.

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said the settlement is designed to help prevent future consumer privacy breaches.

"All consumers — and especially banking consumers — have a reasonable expectation of privacy and protection when it comes to their information."
- Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman
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Sources:
(a) NJ to get $103,000 in TD Bank settlement over data breach - www.NorthJersey.com, 10/18/2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Medical Assistant Sentenced for Insider ID Theft

A Florida medical assistant who pleaded guilty in August 2014 to stealing and selling 2,000 identities knowing they would be used to file fraudulent tax returns has been sentenced. She is to serve three years in prison followed by three years supervised release.

The personally identifiable information she stole from a hospital database included patients' names, addresses, birth dates, and Social Security numbers.

"[She] accessed the [hospital] database...to steal patient identities, including names, dates of birth, and social security numbers, so that she could sell them."
- U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida
It is unclear how the identity thefts were discovered. Healthcare 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) Former Medical Assistant at Gastroenterology Consultants Sentenced For Stealing Patients’ Identities From The Memorial Healthcare System Database - www.PHIprivacy.net, 10/24/2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Digital Health Investments Reach $3B

Digital health investments in the first three quarters of 2014 reached $3 billion.

In the first half of this year investments had already exceeded those in 2013, according to a report by Rock Health. Analytics and big data were the top two among six business categories favored by investors. The most active investors this year, include Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, and Venrock, according to a report by StartUp Health.

"The top business types in tech health targeted by investors are analytics and big data."
- Venture Beat
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Sources:
(a) 2014 digital health investments reach $3B, double 2013’s total - www.VentureBeat.com, 10/1/2014

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