The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is wrapping up notification of nearly 3,000 individuals about a breach stemming from documents that were improperly discarded in a recycling bin rather than shredded.
Just how common are information breaches at hospitals? That depends on which survey you believe.
For example, a survey of 220 hospitals released April 20 found that 84 percent of U.S. hospitals have at least one breach incident a year, and 42 percent have at least 10 incidents. Earlier this month, another survey...
A Boston physician had his unencrypted laptop stolen while he was visiting South Korea for a lecture. But the computer contained a tracking device that later was used to disable the hard drive, rendering information permanently unreadable.
Just when you think you've heard about all the potential ways healthcare information can be breached comes word of an insurance company that forgot to empty a filing cabinet it donated along with other surplus office furniture.
Healthcare organizations must revamp their business associate contracts to help ensure compliance with the HITECH Act's breach notification rule, says security expert Tom Walsh.
In an interview, Walsh points out that under the rule, business associates, such as banks, billing firms and software companies, that have...