What is the goal when a breach report is investigated by the Office for Civil Rights? Jocelyn Samuels, Director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has said that the intent is not limited to identifying the cause of the breach.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on the state of electronic health information. Specifically, they addressed the ineffectiveness of current guidance to address security risks.
The vast majority of hospitals and of other healthcare providers say that security is a key business priority. However, healthcare breach numbers are climbing and the costs associated with these breaches are also trending up.
While big breaches grab all the headlines, smaller breaches can cause just as much trouble for those affected.
These two new HIPAA settlements are meant to send a strong message about enforcement and accountability. The result for one of those cases was a record-setting settlement of $5.55 million.
Under the GDPR, organizations may be subject to data protection audits at any time as well as strict penalties for non-compliance. Preparation over the next two years is key.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its first resolution agreement with a business associate in June.
In order to understand how to better protect healthcare data, it’s important to understand just why healthcare employees are bypassing security protocols.