Tuesday, March 19, 2013

HIPAA Breach Affects 1,400 in Connecticut

A former employee of a Connecticut university hospital inappropriately accessed patient healthcare records.

According to a notice on the health center's website, information accessed included names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and clinical data.

Fines by the OCR for such breaches are expected to continue.

"We have collected a total of over $50 million from our enforcement activity."
- Leon Rodriguez, OCR Director
Speaking on the HIPAA final rule at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, OCR Director Leon Rodriguez told HIMSS13 attendees that some 65,000 breach reports have been filed with the OCR since 2009. "We are now at a point where we have collected a total of over $50 million from our enforcement activity,” said Rodriguez. With business associates now accountable in complying with the HIPAA Security Rule, Rodriguez expects that number to increase significantly."
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Sources:
(a) Connecticut HIPAA Breach Affects 1400 - Healthcare IT News, 03/14/2013

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