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Failure to Encrypt Mobile Devices = Nearly $2 Million in Settlements

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled for the collective amount of $1,975,220 with Concentra Health Services (Concentra) and QCA Health Plan, Inc. (QCA). The settlements stem...more

Stolen Laptops Lead to $2 Million Fine To Settle HIPAA Violations

Lost or stolen unencrypted mobile devices — commonly laptops — are the primary cause of major healthcare data breaches. This unfortunate trend persists, despite warnings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S....more

Personal Smartphones: A Ticking HIPAA/HITECH Time Bomb?

In this brave new world of health information privacy, many industry experts and healthcare organizations have emphasized the need to secure portable electronic devices such as laptops, issued to employees. But a recently...more

Birmingham Medical News: I-Phone Or HIPAA-Phone?

With the recent issuance of the long-awaited final rule by the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), the protection of patient information has been a hot topic among the health care industry the past few months....more

Why Medical Providers Should Take Caution with Sensitive Information, Especially With Mobile Devices

We continue to hear reports of large-scale data breaches that involve the loss or theft of thousands of records containing personally identifiable information of individuals (PII). If such a loss or theft is determined to...more

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces First HIPAA Breach Settlement Involving Fewer than 500 Patients

On January 2, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") settled its first case involving the unauthorized disclosure of the electronic protected health information ("ePHI") of fewer than 500 individuals....more

OCR'S Breach Settlement: The First Ever Involving Less Than 500 Patients

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) started 2013 with a bang by announcing that it had reached "the first settlement involving a breach of unprotected electronic protected health information (ePHI) affecting fewer than 500...more

Health Law Alert: Deficient Data Security On Mobile Devices Leads To First HIPAA Breach Settlement Involving Less Than 500...

On January 2, 2013, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first HIPAA breach settlement involving less than 500 patients. OCR took action against a hospice provider in...more

First HHS OCR Settlement for HIPAA Breach Involving Less Than 500 Patients Sends Message to Providers

On January 2, 2013, HHS announced that the Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) agreed to pay $50,000 and enter into a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) as part of a settlement involving a breach of unsecured electronic protected health...more

First-Ever HIPAA Settlement Involving Fewer Than 500 Patients Announced

On January 2, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with the Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) for potential HIPAA violations....more

OCR Reaches $50,000 Settlement with Hospice for Small Data Breach

Enforcement action sends a strong message to the healthcare industry and reaffirms the need for security risk analysis and mobile-device security policies and procedures....more

Are Your Mobile Devices HIPAA Compliant? Practical Steps to Ensure Compliance

Mobile device use is becoming more commonplace in health care. Health care professionals use text messaging to communicate with each other about patient status. Medical schools now provide residents tablets to use as...more

First OCR Settlement Involving a “Small” Breach Focuses on Mobile Device Security

In what is best understood as a follow-up to both the recent settlement with MEEI and the release of its mobile device security guidance, HHS OCR recently released details of a settlement reached with the Hospice of Northern...more

First OCR Resolution for Data Breach Involving Less than 500 Patients: No Breach is “Too Small”

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reached its first settlement for a breach involving data regarding less than 500 individuals. Under the December 2012 settlement, the Hospice of...more

HIPAA and the Evolution of Portable Devices

Bond . . . James Bond has always been the epitome of cool gadgets (and bikini babes) but the gizmos of Sean Connery have passed into the era of Daniel Craig. Mr. Connery's lasers, spy cameras and recorders are like dinosaurs...more

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