HIPAA Police Send Warning to Small Practices

Earlier this week, I posted the ninth case study on HIPAA Breaches.  Why was this case important?  The healthcare organization that got fined is a small hospice in the Northwest.  The precipitating event was one stolen laptop that was not encrypted.  The laptop contained a few hundred (441) patient records.  The fine was $50,000.

Every small practice in the country has the same essential risks or vulnerabilities.  An unencrypted laptop with a spreadsheet of all the practice’s patients.

An unencrypted laptop, with a few hundred patient records, is stolen and results in a $50,000 fine.

 

 

Author: Bert Ryan

Founder of ClinicNerds.com

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