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Advocate Health Care already facing first lawsuit for July 15 breach involving 4 million EHR patient records

Chicago area Advocate Health Care suffered the country’s biggest health care record breach to date on July 15 – when four unencrypted laptops containing over four million patient records were stolen.  Seven weeks later the legal repercussions to July’s event

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Laptop theft costs Massachusetts provider $1.5 million in HHS settlement

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates (MEEI) will be paying HHS $1.5 million in installments over three years for a 2010 incident.  It is worth noting that OCR also reached a $1.5 million settlement with

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Cybersecurity risk management by boards and senior executives: 12 recommendations

According to Forbes, a recent Carnegie Mellon study has found that corporate boards “are not actively addressing cyber risk management.”  The researchers collected data from corporations worldwide and across all industrial sectors, and found that while boards actively attend to risk

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EHR hackers turn to extortion

Hackers recently struck a small medical practice in suburban Chicago, encrypted the facility’s digital medical records, and then demanded a ransom payment in exchange for allowing the facility to regain access to its records. Medical industry observers note that this

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Wall Street Journal on EMRs and HIEs

On April 13, 2010, the Wall Street Journal published two fascinating articles on health information technology issues.  In “Can Technology Cure Health Health Care?” author Jacob Goldstein examined the complexities and major risks of adopting electronic medical records.  Goldstein also suggested

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