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Inogen reports data security incident

April 13, 2018HME News Staff

GOLETA, Calif. - An Inogen employee's email account was accessed by unknown persons outside the company without authorization, it announced in an April 13 Form 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Some of the account's messages—and the files attached to them—may have contained personal information belonging to Inogen rental customers. That personal information included names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, dates of death, Medicare identification...

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Cybersecurity: Is your business at risk?

October 20, 2017Guest Commentary

While data breaches at large businesses such as Equifax, Target, Anthem, Yahoo and major health systems often make the headlines, the majority of data breaches affect small businesses. Typically, small businesses do not have the resources to organize and fund a sophisticated IT security program. Hackers know this, which gives them an advantage when targeting a business to attack. Most unsuspecting victims find out about an attack when it's too late. In fact, insurance experts estimate that...

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Information Technology (IT), Jeremy Kauten, The VGM Group, VGM

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Airway Oxygen hit by ransomware attack

July 5, 2017HME News Staff

WYOMING, Mich. - Airway Oxygen has experienced a ransomware attack affecting 500,000 individuals, according to the breach portal of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services. In a notice to customers, Airway Oxygen said it learned that an unidentified criminal(s) had gained access to its technical infrastructure and installed ransomware to deny the company access to its own data. “We have no indication that any of your protected health information stored on...

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Ransomware

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Cyber Security: Play offense

August 22, 2016Rob Duryea

A. According to Ernst & Young, only 38% of businesses are prepared for a cyber-attack. While companies are slow to rise to the threat, cybercriminals are ramping up the sophistication and speed of their attacks. Even if you consider yourself prepared, what are you doing to protect your company from future threats? Over the last three months, we have covered how to prevent a security breach as it relates to business owners, employees, and patients/customers. We've empowered readers to defend...

Cyberattack, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Rob Duryea, VGM Forbin

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Cyber Security: Be a PHI poster child

July 25, 2016Rob Duryea

A. In 2015 alone more than 100 million patient health records were compromised. Fully protecting patient information has become a never-ending fight, according to the Office of Civil Rights under Health and Human Services. Even if you're keeping your patients' records under lock and key, the patients themselves may be sharing their private information through any number of social media platforms.   Last month, we covered how to prevent a security breach from the inside and next month...

Cybersecurity, Data Breach, HIPAA, Patient health information, Rob Duryea, VGM Forbin

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Cyber Security: Build a good defense

May 23, 2016Rob Duryea

A. The best defense is a good offense is a common saying in the Marine Corps and should be in cyber security. Most small businesses think they are too small to be attacked but, in the enemy's eyes, you are a soft target. In 2014, 60% of all online attacks targeted small and mid-sized businesses. With most small businesses lacking resources and one in four small business owners having little to no understanding of security threats, you are the prime target.  Throughout this four-part series,...

Cyberattack, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Information Technology (IT), Rob Duryea, VGM Forbin

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Safeguard patient data

March 11, 2016Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

LAS VEGAS - The most valuable property an HME provider has today is not physical inventory, but patient data.“On the black market, personal health information is the most sought after data of anything out there,” said Bill Wilson, vice president of sales and marketing for VGM Insurance, during a session at Medtrade Spring. “With that information, hackers can steal identities.”When Target suffered a breach in 2014, the hackers didn't target the retail giant itself; instead,...

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Anthem today, HME providers tomorrow?

May 26, 2015Guest Commentary

Just how much does a provider stand to lose from a hacker's breach of protected health information (PHI)? Consider a recent theft in Richardson, Texas, where 5,000 individuals had their PHI stolen. According to Ponemon Institute's 2013 “Cost of Data Breach Study,” the average cost to the provider per record of data breach is $188. Even with the Richardson breach of 5,000 individuals being well below the U.S. average of 28,000 records per attack, the total cost of that 2014 incident tops...

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Are you covered?

March 6, 2015Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON - The recent data breach at Anthem should have HME providers assessing the security of their own data, especially patient health records, industry stakeholders say.“Any time you have a disaster or a loss, it gets people talking and thinking,” said Tim Able, director of sales and marketing for Akron, Ohio-based SeibertKeck Insurance. “Anthem has billions in resources and they couldn't stop this.”In February, the insurance giant announced that as many as 80 million...

Data Breach, Denise Leard, Tim Able

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