Thursday, May 24, 2012

$750,000 Settlement over Hospital Failure to Protect Patient Data Privacy

A hospital in Massachusetts pays $750,000 over allegations it failed to protect its patients' personal and confidential health information including Social Security numbers, financial account numbers, and medical diagnoses.

In addition the hospital must undergo a review and audit of its security measures and to report the results and any corrective actions to the Attorney General.
"Hospitals and other entities that handle personal and protected health information have an obligation to properly protect this sensitive data." - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
The lawsuit was filed under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act and the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
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Sources:
(a) South Shore Hospital to Pay $750,000 to Settle Data Breach Allegations - The Official Website of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, May 24, 2012

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