Company fined $16 million in a case involving hackers who stole electronic health information from nearly 79 million people.
Although uncommon, criminal prosecutions under HIPAA still occur.
The case involving a major health care organization involved a laptop stolen from an employee's home and 2 lost USB devices.
A systematic process is necessary to prove an incident involving medical records did not result in a breach.
Providers need to know how to measure their effectiveness at HIPAA compliance.
Hackers' attempts to steal data could lead to malfunction of MRI machines, implantable defibrillators, insulin pumps, and other devices.
Health care providers are neglecting some basic precautions and thereby allowing breaches of protected health information.
Health care cybersecurity is an area with severe shortages.
Institute of Safe Medication Practices indicates risks such as abbreviations, autocorrection
Authentication of users and where data are stored among the important considerations.
If an attack occurs, a practice may be faced with the difficult decision of whether to pay money to get access to their information or have it returned.
Patient access to medical records, increased enforcement, and a shortage of IT security professionals are among the concerns facing health care providers.
No one admits to sharing passwords - a distinct and clear violation of HIPAA - but a lot of people seem to be doing it.
Physicians might not deal frequently with sensitive protected health information, but an increasing number of these lawsuits are being filed.
It is relatively easy even for rookie hackers to get into computer systems.
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A routine file maintenance ended in arrest and jail time for a licensed nurse who shared a patient's medical information with her spouse.
A nurse in the cardiology department of a large hospital saw nothing wrong with accessing the medical records of family members.
Compliance gurus bet there are at least a few things physicians are not doing to comply with HIPAA.
Healthcare providers have struggled with the need to comply with HIPAA, protect patient privacy and share information.
Confidential health information was sent to a patient's employer by a physician, resulting in a HIPAA violation.
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