Healthcare Insurer Forced to Pay $2.2M for HIPAA Violations
Blog Post: January 23, 2017
A settlement of 2.2 million dollars has been made between a Life Insurance company of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) after the company was found in noncompliance with HIPAA rules and regulations. The settlement underscores just how important it is for companies to use hardware encrypted data storage drives to secure sensitive information.
According to a government press release by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on January 18, 2017, the release states “On September 29, 2011, [the life insurance company] filed a breach report with OCR indicating that a USB data storage device (described as a “pen drive”) containing ePHI was stolen from its IT department, where the device was left without safeguards overnight. According to the report, the USB data storage device included complete names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. The report noted that the breach affected 2,209 individuals.”
Another article by Health Data Management indicates that the company had prior violations of HIPAA Rules, but did not take the necessary steps to comply with regulations to implement encryption measures into their laptops and removable storage media until much later.
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