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Adult & Pediatric Dermatology Fined $150,000 For Lost Thumb Drive

Recently a dermatology practice learned that something so small could be very costly. Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C., of Concord, Mass., lost a thumb drive, which doesn’t seem like a huge deal except that specific thumb drive was unencrypted and contained the electronic protected health information of about 2,200 individuals. The US Department of Health …

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Atlanta Children’s Hospital Fires and Files Suit Against Executive

According to a recent report,  an award-winning Atlanta children’s hospital recently fired and filed suit on one of its former top executives for allegedly stealing hospital data. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta filed a complaint in Atlanta federal court on Oct. 25 against Sharon McCray, who was its corporate audit adviser, claiming she stole a considerable …

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Privacy breaches In VA Health Records Wound Veterans

With HIPAA being enforced more stringently recently there have been a number of cases where health providers are facing HIPAA related fines or lawsuits. The most recent is none other than the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. While some previous cases seemed unintentional or simple mistakes, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigation there were widespread …

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Advocate Medical Sued for Breach of Patient Electronic Medical Records

For something as simple as “plain old know better,” $50,000 or more could be the penalty for a breach of HIPAA law from Advocate Medical in Illinois. This breach has been described by the prosecuting attorney, Shannon M. McNulty, as a failure “to follow basic operating procedures”. The law suit has been filed due to …

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HHS Settles With Affinity Health Plan Inc. In Photocopier Breach Case

Affinity Health Plan, Inc., a not for profit, will settle prospective violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules for $1,215,780 with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HIPAA covered entities, like Affinity, are require to report to Health and Human Services when protected health …

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