Advocate to pay $5.5 million over data breach: record HIPAA settlement

“Advocate Health Care will pay $5.55 million to settle allegations it violated federal patient privacy law — the largest such settlement paid by a single entity.

The settlement with the federal government follows an investigation that began in 2013 when Advocate reported three separate data breaches involving its physician-led medical group subsidiary, Advocate Medical Group. The breaches involved the electronic health information of 4 million people, including medical information, names, credit card numbers and birthdays, among other things.”

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Author: Lisa Schencker