Healthcare News & Insights

Hospital: Patients targeted for data phising

A hospital is warning patients that a fake letter alleging a data breach is being used to collect their personal information.

The No. 1 cause of health data breaches is …

A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services found that the leading cause of health information being lost is frustratingly simple:

Feds bust largest Medicare fraud ring yet

The ring, focused on identity theft and Medicare fraud, is part of a larger group of general swindlers, according to information released by prosecutors.

Patient info stolen by Hopkins staffer, used for identity theft

Patient names, birth dates, social security numbers and other information was allegedly stolen by an employee and used to apply for ‘instant credit’ offers. Total damage done: $600k.

Pharmacist gets 4 years in prison for fraud

Turns out identity theft and fraud were the wrong cure for this pharmacist’s financial troubles.

Yet another huge patient data breach…

When will workers learn: Unencrypted patient data on a laptop is a disaster waiting to happen. 

‘Sorry, we can’t find your bill… wanna pay this guy’s?’

One hospital is learning that sending patients random bills doesn’t go over as well as you might think.

Disgruntled radiologist hacks into hospital files

It’s not uncommon to hear about a hospital’s records system being breached via a missing laptop, or a con artist looking for info for identity theft. But a recent case highlights another danger zone: disgruntled former employees.

The janitor did it! Unsecured patient files are gold mine for fraud ring

A Chicago hospital is learning the hard way that files can’t be considered “secure” just because they’re stored in a private office.

Data breach leads to major HIPAA lawsuit

Connecticut is the first state to use new authority under federal law to sue a health care company for HIPAA violations.