Monday, May 8, 2017

Wireless health services provider settles $2.5 million HIPAA breach

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As regular readers know, I’m pretty dedicated to security & HIPAA compliance.  Simply for the fact it’s the right thing to do *and* it keeps fines away from the office.
 
Well, there’s been a settlement lately that I wanted to bring to your attention.  
 
It seems that CardioNet has settled a case with the federal government for 2.5 million dollars.  The fine is due to an employee losing a company laptop.  The missing laptop contained over unsecured Protected Health Information on 1391 patients.  The laptop was taken from the car of an employee while the car was parked in the employee’s driveway.  The fine breaks down to $1797 per patient record.
 
This is another example of treating patient data like gold when it is outside the office, because basically it is.  DO NOT leave data unattended.  It’s just that simple.  You’ve been warned.

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