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Healthcare HIPAA Identity Theft

Social media sites have gained popularity in the past ten years as a medium to keep in contact with loved ones, business associates and friends. However, there can be drawbacks to the usage of said media when one is employed in certain career fields, such as the healthcare industry. Utilizing social media networks can inadvertently [...]

Image via Wikipedia There is a lot of focus on network security and application security today. Years ago it was operating system security that was all the rage. But with the advent of the strict requirements of some of the regulations such as HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and FISMA, more attention needs to be paid to [...]

Image via Wikipedia PCI laws are expanding around the country. Washington State is the latest to add a law to their books. Washington state follows Nevada and Minnesota in implementing Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI), the law is HB 1149. It changes the breach notification law they already had on the books. The [...]

Image by Getty Images via Daylife SC magazine just reported that the Ponemon Institute has determined the cost of a data breach is $204 per record. “Data breaches last year cost organizations $204 per exposed record on average, which represents an almost two percent increase over 2008, according to the fifth annual “Cost of  Data [...]

This is story that is several months old, but as I came across it, i thought it would make a good point. A vendor handling healthcare records has lost social security numbers of people in March of 2009. In this case, Health insurer Aetna, Inc., is reportedly providing 65,000 individuals with free credit monitoring for [...]

Recently, the Economic Times Report in India discussed a successful “Sting operation by a UK agency in which some health related data was bought from a medical transcription company” . What this means is all that perosnal and HIPAA confidential data that was being transfered for transcription got stolen in the most likely scenario.  There [...]

The Blackberry has been the mainstay of the business world for years. But as we know, the IPhone is eating away at market share. There are over 75,000 apps for the IPhone now and growing steadily. For those who have Blackberry Thumb, you can probably look forward to IPhone Index Finger at some point in [...]

FTC’s Additonal Rules for HIPAA Security The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a rule which gives more scope to the data breach notification rules as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The addition targets companies that provide health info in an online storage facitlity. Things like Google Health or Healthvault [...]

In February, CVS was ordered to pay a fine of 2.5million dollars by the FTC. This fine was because their employees threw out personal information about patients. Who knew poor recycling programs could cost so much? HIPAA has been around for a number of years but not until recently did we see that it has [...]