About 4.9 million patients treated in San Antonio area military treatment facilities since 1992 have been affected by a health information breach involving the theft of backup tapes for electronic health records.
With the announcement of a breach affecting 4.9 million patients in the Defense Department's TRICARE healthcare program, there have now been five incidents that each affected at least 1 million individuals since the HIPAA breach notification rule took effect.
In the areas of risk management and business continuity, security professionals have advanced significantly since Sept. 11, 2001. But there's still an issue of complacency that needs to be addressed, says Rolf von Roessing, past international vice president of ISACA.
Only one of three national breach notification bills that won approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week would address a gap in protections for healthcare information, says Harley Geiger of the Center for Democracy & Technology.
News about recent healthcare information breaches offers an important reminder: Monitoring the privacy and security procedures of your business associates should be a vital component of any breach prevention strategy.
Breach notification laws in most states would be preempted if a bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee becomes law. But that's a big if because of GOP objections, such as those voiced by the panel's ranking member, Charles Grassley.