Friday, July 25, 2014

Hospital Hit with 150K Privacy Breach Fine

Personal A Rhode Island hospital, who nearly two years ago notified 14,000 patients of a HIPAA breach involving their data, agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations that it failed to safeguard patient information.

The hospital will pay this civil penalty to the Massachusetts Attorney General who filed a lawsuit after discovering 12,127 of those patients were Massachusetts residents. This is an example of states attorney generals' power to sue for HIPAA violations.

"Personal information and protected health information must be properly safeguarded by hospitals and other healthcare entities."
- Attorney General of Massachusetts
According to Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley, "This data breach put thousands of Massachusetts consumers at risk, and it is the hospital's responsibility to ensure that this type of event does not happen again." Organizations seeking to proactively detect breaches of patient privacy can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.
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Sources:
(a) Women & Infants Hospital to Pay $150,000 to Settle Data Breach Allegations Involving Massachusetts Patients - www.PHIprivacy.net,07/23/2014

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