Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS

Email Phishing scam leads to data breach

April 20th, 2015

St. Vincent Medical Group, Inc. suffered data breach when approximately 760 patients’ PHI got exposed. Employee’s username and password was compromised because of an email phishing scam which resulted in to the incident. St. Vincent learned about the data breach on Dec. 3, 2014, and said that it “immediately shut down the username and password of the impacted account and launched an investigation into the matter.”

The affected information includes patient names, demographic information such as dates of birth and phone numbers, account numbers, and Social Security numbers in a few cases. Limited clinical information related to services patients received was also included.

“The investigation has required electronic and manual review of affected emails to determine the scope of the incident,” As per the statement.

As per the St.Vincent individual medical records and billing records were not accessed.

“St.Vincent Medical Group sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this unfortunate incident may cause and assures all of its patients that the faith-based organization is taking appropriate measures to avoid an incident of this nature happening in the future,” the facility said.

St. Vincent mentioned that complimentary identity monitoring and protection services will be offered to patients whose Social Security number was exposed. It will also be providing further employee education on how to avoid phishing scams.

This is not the first time St.Vincent suffered data breach. Earlier, St. Vincent Breast Center mistakenly sent letters with patient information to the wrong addresses.

As per the previous statement:

“Please be assured that the Center is taking steps to mitigate this incident by notifying affected individuals through this substitute notice, media notice, and destroying all letters that have been returned,” St. Vincent said on its website. “The Center is also evaluating and making changes to its patient mailing processes internally and with external vendors to avoid an incident of this nature in the future.”

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Missing documents lead to data breach

April 2nd, 2015

Life Care Center of Attleboro in Massachusetts suffered a data breach when the company that stores its patient records could not find certain documents. Iron Mountain which stores records for Life Care Center could not find certain documents which contained patients’ information. The breach came to notice during the audit. The affected patients involved those who received medical care in Life Care Center between 1992 and 2004. Employees who worked at Life Care between 1992 and 1999 may also suffer a data breach.

The compromised information includes patient names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, diagnoses, and other medical status and assessment information. The missing box of documents may also contain financial information. It is not clear how the incident occurred.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and have conducted a thorough investigation,” the statement read. “Please be assured that we have taken every step necessary to mitigate the circumstances resulting from this incident and to ensure an incident like this does not happen again.

According to Iron Mountain, records were inadvertently destroyed during a planned consolidation of storage facilities by a predecessor company.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and have conducted a thorough investigation,” the statement read. “Please be assured that we have taken every step necessary to mitigate the circumstances resulting from this incident and to ensure an incident like this does not happen again.”

Iron Mountain mentioned that it will continue the search.

“Until Iron Mountain completes a full audit of its records, they will not be able to ascertain whether the stored boxes are located, missing, misplaced, or destroyed,” according to Life Care. “This audit is expected to be completed by December 2015.”

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No Heath Data Encryption in Federal Sites

November 9th, 2014

Individuals used AIDS-related medical services information on government health websites which lacked health data encryption. In the recent times health care security is on high priority agenda and lapses like federal websites demands for change.  According to the reports, government is taking initiatives to secure the data. The sites have possible risk of exposing the identities of visitors as private information, like the actual latitude and longitude location of visitors.

“The sites and apps did not themselves track visitors, but their data was handled in ways that could have enabled monitoring by employers, universities or others with access to the data flowing between individual devices – such as computers and smartphones – and the Internet.,” the news source reported.

Steve Roosa, a partner at law firm Holland & Knight, first made the health data encryption discovery. Roosa explained that as part of HIPAA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) enforces federal healthcare privacy rules when personal medical information is handled by private entities.

“It is somewhat shocking, and more than a little ironic, that HHS has opted not to adhere to its own standards here, when the failure to do so puts sensitive health information at risk,” Roosa said in the report.

Aids.gov was one of the website and its Director Miguel Gomez said they started automatically using encryption for all of its users. Since 2010, the website transmitted unencrypted location information of users searching for healthcare providers online. However, the site started offering encryption services – for those who knew how to use it – since last year.

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 necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress 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 Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.