Entries by Alan Norquist

Anthem Pays $115 Million Settlement

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens.   Superlative Settlement On August 16th, Anthem Inc. signed the check for the $115 million settlement of the class action lawsuit against them for their 2015 data breach (a). Lawyers say this is likely the largest settlement ever (b). A large settlement appears […]

Veriphyr’s Survey of Patient Privacy Breaches

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens.   Employees are the Leading Source of Breaches  In 2011, Veriphyr published the results of a survey on Protected Health Information (PHI)  privacy breaches. According to the findings, over 70 percent of the organizations studied had suffered one or more breaches of PHI in […]

Nurse Violates Privacy of 5,800 Patients

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens. Violation Motivated by Curiosity A nurse at North Bay Health Center in Ontario was the first person to be charged under the Personal Health Information Privacy Act (PHIPA). The hospital found her guilty of 5,800 violations of patient data over six years. Consequently, the […]

HIPAA Violation Indictments for Medical Office Assistants

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens. The Bank Fraud Ring Included HIPAA Violators In 2011, the United States Attorney’s Office announced indictment of twelve individuals in a massive identity theft and bank fraud scheme. Two of the twelve indicted were medical office assistants with access to patients’ dates of […]

HIPAA Violation Leads to Jail Time

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens. Setting an Example In April 2010, a former UCLA Healthcare System employee, Dr. Huping Zhou, was the first to get time behind bars for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Zhou was fined and sentenced to four months in federal prison (a, b). […]

Preventable Breach at Major University Hospital

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens.   Recent Breaches In 2017, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) found 58 cases of patient privacy breaches. As a result, MUSC is prepared to be added to the list of the one hundred hospitals being audited by the Department of Health […]

Dictionary of HIPAA Terms

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens.   Electronic Health Record (EHR): EHR is just the digital version of that chart your doctor carries around on a clipboard: basic medical information and history. Broader EHR systems contain more in depth information. The purpose of EHR systems is to share information more […]

CNBC Highlights Veriphyr Advisor Steve Katz

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens. On Saturday, CNBC published an article highlighting Steve Katz, an executive advisor on privacy and security for Deloitte and an advisor for Veriphyr, the leader in proactive patient privacy breach detection. Katz has advised healthcare organizations including Kaiser and the board of the National Healthcare […]

Veriphyr CEO Invited by HCCA to Explain How to Detect Patient Data Privacy Breaches

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens. The Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), the foremost organization  for healthcare compliance professionals, sought out Veriphyr CEO Alan Norquist’s expertise for a presentation on patient data privacy breach detection.   Overview of Webinar   The HIPAA Rule sets forth information system review and audit […]

Medical Records are Worth $50 Each on the Black Market

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens.   A single patient’s personal protected health information (PHI)  is worth $50 on the black market, according to a panel of experts at the Digital Health Conference held in December 2011 in New York city. The panel of experts pointed out that instances […]

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Becker’s Hospital Review: Detecting Impermissible Use of Patient Data

Veriphyr proactively reports impermissible use of PHI the first time it happens.   A New Approach for Detecting Impermissible Use of Patient Data Steve Katz, advisor to the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), offers valuable insights on addressing impermissible use of patient data by 3rd parties in his article in Becker’s Hospital […]