Edward Prewitt, for HealthLeaders Media , January 3, 2012
- PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY
- JANUARY 5, 2012
· By WALTER S. MOSSBERG
- Tim Greene (Network World)
- 05 January, 2012 08:29
The OCR has entered a new phase of increased enforcement and fines that are stiffer than an overstarched lab coat. In February, Cignet Health was fined $4.3 million for denying patients access to their medical records. At about the same time, Massachusetts General agreed to pay $1 million for the loss of 192 patients’ PHI.
Despite increased enforcement of federal regulations, the frequency of healthcare data breaches are on the rise, up 32 percent, according to a new benchmark study by the Ponemon Institute. Data breaches have become a when, not if, reality in the lives of healthcare professionals. The Ponemon study found that hospitals and healthcare providers are averaging four data breaches a year. These data breaches are costing the healthcare industry an estimated $6.5 billion annually, according to the study.
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- DECEMBER 27, 2011, 4:40 P.M. ET