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SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

24By7Security, Inc. Cybersecurity and Compliance Specialists
Texas Nurse Fired for Social Media HIPAA Violation
A pediatric nurse at a Texas children’s hospital has been fired for violating HIPAA Rules by posting protected health information on a social media website. She posted a series of comments on Facebook about a rare case of measles at the hospital. Due to the information contained in the posts and the rarity of the disease, it is possible that the child could have been identified.
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A case involving alleged insider theft of protected health information from a hospital in New York illustrates why healthcare organizations need to take extra precautions to prevent similar incidents. An emergency department clerk at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn allegedly sold PHI to an accomplice and was arrested. Both parties are now negotiating plea agreements, per this article from Information Security Media group.

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10 Steps to help prevent Breaches of PHI 

According to the breach portal or "Wall of Shame" on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website, there were at least 359 healthcare data breaches reported in 2017. From these, HHS has already imposed fines of a total of just under $20 million dollars - and several of these 2017 reported breaches are still under investigation! No one wants to end up their name on this famous Wall of Shame! How can you prevent this?

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