Stanford Hospital & Clinics reports that a business associate's subcontractor caused a health information breach when information about 20,000 patients treated in the hospital's emergency department was posted on a website.
A new report to Congress about major healthcare information breaches shows that federal officials have yet to complete their investigations of corrective actions taken in the wake of 70 percent of incidents.
Nearly 7.9 million Americans were affected by almost 30,800 health information breaches between September 2009, when a federal healthcare breach notification rule took effect, and the end of 2010, according to a new report to Congress.
"Our proposal would give judges the authority they need to adequately punish serious offenders and to make these penalties commensurate with the same type of conduct occurring offline," Associate Deputy Attorney General James Baker tells Congress.
A new California law requires that organizations experiencing a data breach provide more detailed information to the individuals affected. The law, which covers breaches involving financial, healthcare and other personal information, goes into effect Jan. 1.
Preliminary results of our inaugural Healthcare Information Security Today survey, which is still open for participation, show that only about half of healthcare organizations have a plan in place to comply with the HITECH Act breach notification rule.
As of Aug. 22, 306 major health information breaches affecting a total of almost 11.7 million individuals were included in the official federal tally. Fourteen incidents affecting a total of about 270,000 were added since July 22.
As far as Dr. Giles Hogben of ENISA is concerned, now might be the golden opportunity for information security experts to influence the security and privacy measures that may help define Internet safety for the next decade or beyond.
According to FINRA, Citi's negligence in adequately supervising Tamara Moon, a former sales assistant at a Citi branch in Palo Alto, Calif., resulted in $749,978 being skimmed from the accounts of 22 Citi customers.