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US healthcare security showing signs of recovery

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2016 was a bumper year for healthcare data breaches in the US, with 328 medical businesses suffering security failures – up from 268 in 2015. The stats for 2017 are more encouraging however, showing a decrease in the number of leaked records in the year so far. The worst case… Read more »

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Health firm fined for IVF security failure

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American healthcare giant HCA International, which owns a number of private hospitals in London, has received a £200,000 fine and a public rebuke from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after patients at its Lister Hospital in Chelsea had their IVF data leaked online. In 2015 a patient discovered that doctors’… Read more »

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Ransomware affecting hospital

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Attacks using ransomware is a growing trend amongst cyber criminals, and as such an increasing cyber security risk. In its simplest form, it is the practice of disabling a network or preventing access to it and demanding money in exchange for restored access. This can be devastating for commercial organisations… Read more »

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Inside Breach Exposes Hospital Data

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Alabama’s Flowers Hospital recently began notifying an undisclosed number of patients that their personal information may have been stolen by a former employee. “Flowers Hospital’s laboratory processes lab tests submitted to us by your health care provider,” hospital privacy officer Patti Hatcher explained in a notification letter. “Unfortunately, we discovered on… Read more »

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Small town Colarado hospital hit by cyber attack

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The latest hospital cyber-attack [March 18] has been reported by a small-town rural hospital in Colorado. The hospital discovered it had a computer virus that had collected and encrypted patient data in a hidden file system. As a result, some 5,400 patients were mailed breach notification letters on March 17…. Read more »

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Vitalité Health Network informs patients of privacy breach

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The Vitalité Health Network is informing some patients their personal medical records were accessed without authorization. The privacy breach was discovered over a year ago. A doctor with the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre gained unauthorized access to the files using two hospital computers between Sept. 6, 2010 and Nov. 30, 2012, the… Read more »

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Patients notified after paper records stolen from US hospital

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A Hospital and Medical centre in Hartford, Connecticut, has notified 858 patients of a data breach after their paper records were stolen from the car of a member of staff. The theft took place on December 27th 2013. In a statement, the hospital identified the physician as Bindu Vanapalli, M.D.,… Read more »

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