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.
"She [disclosed the patient's records] “with the intent to cause malicious harm." - Court documents
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.

Learn how Veriphyr uses Structural Analytics to detect "impermissible use" of patient data in clinical and business applications by employees, contractors, and third parties.

Sources:
(a) Former heart clinic employee admits to illegally disclosing patient’s medical records - www.DallasNews.com
(b) Thank you to Databreaches.net who was the source for this posting

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.

"OCR said [the healthcare organization] failed to meet HIPAA criteria on risk analysis." -iHealheBeat.org

In addition, the OCR said the healthcare organization must also perform an organization-wide risk analysis and submit the analysis and a risk management plan to OCR.

Learn how Veriphyr uses Structural Analytics to detect "impermissible use" of patient data in clinical and business applications by employees, contractors, and third parties.

Sources:
(a) Health Care Organizations Report Data Breaches, Settlements - www.iHealthBeat.org, 12/08/2015
(b) Thank you to Databreaches.net who was the source for this posting

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