Memorial Healthcare Systems to pay $5.5M over potential HIPAA violations

“Memorial Healthcare Systems has paid HHS $5.5 million to settle potential HIPAA violations, HHS disclosed on Thursday. The six-hospital nonprofit system disclosed to HHS’ OCR that 115,143 individuals’ protected health information (PHI) had been impermissibly accessed by employees and impermissibly disclosed to affiliated physician office staff. The settlement comes weeks after Children’s Medical Center of […]

6 largest HIPAA settlement fines of 2016

“2016 served as evidence of two looming and growing issues in health IT: data breaches and HIPAA settlements. Not only did the number of data breaches and cyberattacks increase throughout the year, but HHS’ Office for Civil Rights also continued to become more aggressive in enforcing HIPAA regulations. Here are six of the largest HIPAA […]

Health data breaches hit 2016 high in November

“Just when you think the cybersecurity problem couldn’t get any worse in healthcare, along comes a report saying that there were more health data breaches disclosed in November than in any other month in 2016. In a report released Thursday, Protenus, a startup focused on tracking and preventing healthcare data breaches, said there were 57 […]