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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

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

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

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

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

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