HIPAA violations mostly accomplished through theft

A recent federal report said most cases of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations are done by theft of computers or other technological devices that contain people’s health information, McKnight’s reported on June 16.

Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Health reported on June 11 that almost 50 percent of HIPAA information infringements every year are accomplished through device theft. An estimated 200 HIPAA violations that compromised more than 500 individuals each were reported to OCR in 2011 and 2012. Health care providers are required by HIPAA standards to notify federal authorities if information violations affect at least 500 persons. Those who do business with healthcare providers can also be responsible for HIPAA violations, as they were in a huge breach in 2011 that affected millions of people.

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