Archive for February, 2016

Patient Privacy Violation

February 4th, 2016
Patient Privacy Violation

Patient Privacy Violation

According to the reports, a former Wayne Memorial nurse’s aide reportedly accessed 390 individuals’ records. The hospital believe that the data was not used maliciously or inappropriately.

Affected information includes Social Security numbers, diagnoses and insurance information. Patients who may have had their Social Security numbers accessed will be offered a free one-year membership in a credit monitoring service, according to the hospital.

CEO David Hoff mentioned that the employee was terminated, and that the incident had been reported to the police.

“This incident has prompted us to further review all levels of employee access to patient medical records, to enhance our HIPAA training for all employees and to research software programs that might help us better detect unauthorized access,” Hoff explained.

Hoff added that Wayne Memorial “is considering expanding restrictions for particular groups of employees.”

“Wayne Memorial Hospital was one of the first in the region to implement electronic medical records, which help reduce the potential for human error and often accelerate diagnosis and treatment,”said Hoff. “We have been ahead of the technology curve, and I can assure you that we will do all that we can to make sure something like this does not happen again.”

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken the necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

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Medical Fraud Charges Against Employee

February 2nd, 2016

The Louisiana Attorney General’s office mentioned that an individual who worked at a doctor’s office used another individual’s information to get into LHCC’s provider website. According to the reports, an individual was arrested on Medicaid fraud charges. The  stolen information is related to Louisiana Healthcare Connections (LHCC).

Culprit downloaded a list of LHCC members and gave it to another provider who should not have received it. Affected information includes names, Medicaid ID numbers, dates of birth, Medicaid effective dates, phone numbers, addresses, and in some cases, information on how current members’ are with provider visits, the number of emergency room visits, and current medical conditions. Credit card information, financial information and Social Security numbers were not included in the stolen data.

According to the statement, 13,000 Medicaid recipients enrolled in LHCC in the Acadiana region were affected. “We appreciate the efforts of the Attorney General and local law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice,” LHCC said. “We regret any concern or inconvenience this incident may have caused and are dedicated to protecting our members’ health information. We are also reviewing existing information security protocols and taking steps to prevent this type of event from happening in the future.”

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken the necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

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Alertsec is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.