Stolen Laptop Leads to $2.5 Million HIPAA Breach Penalty

“The theft of a laptop computer containing information of nearly 1,400 patients was among two HIPAA breaches that led a Pennsylvania provider of remote heart monitoring to pay $2.5 million, federal authorities said this week.

Malvern-based CardioNet, Inc., essentially had no process at all for securely managing electronic protected health information (ePHI) of the patients it was hired to monitor, at the time the breaches occurred in early 2012, according to investigators from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

CardioNet – a covered entity – was found to have insufficient risk analysis and risk management processes, in violation of the security and privacy rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).”

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Author: Aldrin Brown