Data breaches are becoming a common theme in news headlines. In May 2014, a network server accessible online was deactivated exposing the protected health information (PHI) of 6,800 patients resulting in New York-Presbyterian Hospital paying a $4.8 million HIPAA fine. In June 2014, medical records of 8,000 patients were left unattended and accessible in a physician’s driveway resulting in an $800,000 HIPAA fine. Failure to take necessary precautionary measures may result in harsh penalties.
If you have questions on how best to protect your practice and the PHI of your patients, please contact the attorneys at Thomas Law Group for assistance.