Monday, 27 May 2013

HIPAA security policies

Idaho State University agreed to pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of HHS for HIPAA.  This settlement includes the breach of unsecured electronic protected health information of 17,500 health plan members who were patients at an Idaho State University Hospital.
The Office for Civil Rights opened its investigation after Idaho State University notified U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that the electronic protected health information of approximately 17,500 individuals was accessible at its Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic because an Idaho State University server firewall was hinder.

The Office for Civil Rights investigators found that Idaho State University did not implemented effective and proper HIPAA security policies to address risks to electronic patient health information and did not have in place proper procedures for routine review of information system activity which could have detected the HIPAA breach in the server much sooner.

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