Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'information security'

NY Department of Financial Services Produces Report on Cyber-Security in the Insurance Industry

Although probably not planned that way, the February 8 release of a report on cyber-security by the New York Department of Financial Services could not be better timed to the recent Anthem breach. Here is a snippet from the Department's...

NY Hospital Data Theft May Affect Records of 1.7 Million

From HealthLeadersMedia today: With the recent theft of an electronic medical records file now confirmed, New York City officials have begun the arduous process of notifying 1.7 million patients, staff, contractors, vendors and others who were treated or who provided...

State of Virginia Mails 500,000 Notice Letters After Hack

From HealthLeadersMedia today: Virginia officials this week began mailing direct individual notifications to more than a half-million people whose Social Security numbers may have been contained in the Prescription Monitoring Program database that was hacked into in April by a...

Hackers Take 8 Million Patient Records, Demand $10 Million Ransom

The Washington Post reports online today on a major heist of electronic medical information that happened last week and has been kept remarkably quiet. Hackers last week broke into a Virginia state Web site used by pharmacists to track prescription...

OIG Finds CMS Oversight of HIPAA Security "Ineffective"

CMS is responsible for oversight of the "security" provisions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). The HHS Office of Inspector General ("OIG") recently reviewed CMS' enforcement activity. In a nutshell: [OIG] found that the Centers for...

Another Security Breach, And Some Musings About Authentication (Updated)

Another security breach in the news, the Chicago Tribune says: Medical information such as Social Security numbers, pharmacy records and other personal health data from about 130,000 people covered by health insurance giant Wellpoint Inc. may have been accessed via...

CMS to Audit Hospital HIPAA Security Practices

Government HealthIT reported yesterday: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin on-site reviews of hospitals' compliance with security rules mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. CMS officials said at a workshop on HIPAA...

OIG Plays 42 Questions With First HIPAA Security Audit

An article published yesterday on the Computerworld website discusses the first known HIPAA security audit. In March, Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital became the first institution in the country to be audited for compliance with the security rules of the Health Insurance...

New York Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative

The New York Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative (NYHISPC) has released two reports, available here. NYHISPC is participating as a subcontractor in the Federal government-sponsored Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative. The NYHISPC has completed four major phases of...

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