Illinois Nursing Home Residents’ Data Stolen

CHICAGO (AP) – The personal information of 508 Illinois nursing home residents was inside a stolen briefcase, prompting the state agency overseeing Medicaid to notify the people affected by the breach. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family …

Data-Breach Payouts Top $1 Million for Ex-Cop
Minneapolis Star Tribune
By: Eric Roper

A former cop who sued a number of Minnesota cities after their employees snooped into her driver’s license data has collected more than $1 million in settlements, following Minneapolis’ approval of a $392,500 payout Friday. The City Council approved …

100,000 Android Apps Collect Too Much Data, Security Firm Finds
By: Jordan Robertson

That Angry Birds wallpaper app you’ve downloaded is doing more than decorating your smartphone screen – in the background, it’s also accessing your device’s GPS data, which tracks your location. As unseemly as that sounds, it’s not uncommon. Security …

4 Best Practices: Combat Health Data Breaches
By: Michelle McNickle

Data breaches in healthcare are rising at an alarming rate, and within the past two years, nearly 20 million patient records have been compromised, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Recently, the American Hospital …

BYOD Security Tops Doctors’ Mobile Device Worries
By: Michelle McNickle

“This is laying the groundwork to see what’s going on,” he said. “We narrowed it down to what [electronic medical records] systems we can find data on, and what we could find out about these applications [regarding] how they work on a smartphone or …

6 Scariest Issues in Healthcare Right Now
Becker’s ASC Review
By: Molly Gamble

Data breaches. Electronic data breaches are a perpetual fear for health systems and hospitals, but the onset of HIPAA compliance audits has reinforced this. HHS is currently in midst of its pilot phase for these audits, which span from November 2011 …

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