Have Your Patient Records Been Breached? The Definition of a Breach Could be Costly

June 16, 2014 by Christopher S. Sears, Partner | L. Alan Whaley, Partner
The world of health care moves fast.  Hospitals, physicians and other providers must protect the confidentiality of health information in a highly regulated environment with constantly evolving technology. Learn how we can help through our guide, "A Breach, or Not a Breach? If That Is the Question, Encryption May Be the Answer." An excerpt follows: 

Have Your Patient Records Been Breached? The Definition of a Breach Could be Costly

It may surprise you to read that none of these incidents would even have been considered a “breach” under the modifications of the HIPAA breach notification rule that went into effect in January 2013 if the covered entities or business associates possessing the information had taken one precaution. They would not have had to be reported to HHS, nor would the rule’s notification requirements have applied. What was the one thing the providers could have done to make their breach problems go away? They could have encrypted the data.

 

A Breach, or Not a Breach - If That is the Question, Encryption May be the Answer



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