Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is notifying more than 2,000 of its patients about an unusual potential health information breach incident involving a computer virus that transmitted data to an unknown location.
A Georgia hospital has informed 7,500 patients that they may have been affected by a breach incident involving the theft of personal information that could have been used to commit federal income tax fraud.
In one of the largest health information breaches reported so far this year, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina has notified 400,000 of an incident involving the theft of a desktop computer from an employee's car.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with the University of California at Los Angeles Health System to settle violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
An unencrypted laptop computer that's missing from the United Kingdom's National Health Service North Central London health authority contained information on 8.63 million people, according to a report on The Sun newspaper's website.
If you need one more reason to take additional steps to prevent health information breaches, here's something to consider. An attorney argues that if breaches, and their high costs, are not brought under control, "I think where we are headed is to an insurance crisis."
Many organizations are unprepared to adequately respond to a breach, security expert Bob Chaput says. "Breach notification planning is just a fundamental, basic part of risk management in the new millennium," he adds.
The federal list of major healthcare information breaches that have occurred since September 2009 didn't grow much in the past month. The list now includes 272 cases affecting a total of almost 10.9 million individuals.