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University of Rochester Medical Center Faces $3 million Fine After Data Breach

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will pay $3 million in fines for failure to encrypt mobile devices and other HIPAA violations, it was announced in November. 

 

With more than 26,000 employees, URMC is one of the biggest health systems in the state of New York. 

 

In addition to the $3 million penalty, URMC will be forced to adopt a corrective action plan to address all aspects of noncompliance found in the investigation following the data breach.

 

You can read the full article here: https://www.hipaajournal.com/lack-of-encryption-leads-to-3-million-hipaa-penalty-for-new-york-medical-center/


From Security Boulevard: A Look at Some of the Biggest Data Breaches of 2019

This week, Security Boulevard published an article taking a look at some of the biggest and most impactful data breaches seen this year. 

Included on the list were First American Financial, Facebook, Fortnite, and more. Each of the breaches mentioned impacted hundreds of millions of people and were largely due to simple failures in systems or lack of adequate security measures. 

The article says that each of these breaches was preventable: "... the troubling reality is that most data breaches from 2019, including all those summarized below, could have been prevented with basic security hygeine." 

Read the full article here: https://securityboulevard.com/2019/12/biggest-2019-data-breaches-some-of-the-worst-of-the-worst/


Philly Inquirer Examines the Challenges Unique to Millennial Caregivers

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article yesterday about millennial caregivers, calling them "a socially isolated group." 

Nearly one in four caregivers in the US belongs to the millennial generation, according to the article. Those caregivers face the same responsibilities of caring for a loved one as other caregivers, often devoting more than 20 hours per week to caregiving responsibilities.

However, the article asserts that millennial caregivers often face these pressures on top of added stresses unique to their generation, including education, career aspirations, managing student debt, dating, and starting families. 

In the article, AARP's director of long-term support and services Rita Choula said that "this particular group of caregivers is socially isolated. Most of their friends are not caregivers, and they often don't feel comfortable putting their burdens on their friends or employers." 

Click here to read the full article: https://www.inquirer.com/health/millennial-caregivers-mental-health-philadelphia-20191203.html


GIS Partner Writes About the Importance of Gratitude for Health and Wellness

GIS Healthcare Partner Anthony Cirillo published an article last week in US News & World Report where he talked about the value of practicing gratitude during the holiday season. 

In his writing, Mr. Cirillo examined the growing rates of depression in the United States and studies that show gratitude in life can directly lead to better physical and psychological health. "Grateful people experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better and even have stronger immune systems," Mr. Cirillo wrote. 

You can read Mr. Cirillo's full article here: https://health.usnews.com/health-care/for-better/articles/practicing-gratitude-during-the-holidays