PHI Breaches Cost More Than Fines

In a precedent-setting case, a woman wasawarded $300,000 for HIPAA violations from an Alabama doctor who illegally shared her PHI with a third party. The defendants in the case were an Alabama hospital, a former hospital physician and an attorney. Read more about this case here. This civil case in Alabama proved that breaches of patient or personal information can bring federal investigations, fines and penalties to institutions that fail to properly train staff to abide by HIPPA rules. More and more individuals are taking these issues to court. The costs of federal and state fines, as well as civil litigation can add up quickly. However, the costs from reputational damage can far exceed th

How HIPAA Compliance Relates to Microsoft End-of-Life Support

Soon, Microsoft will be ending its support for Windows 7.For healthcare organizations, regulatory compliance mandates the need to upgrade systems from unsupported software to avoid compliance violations. An upgrade could mean a physical upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or it could mean new computers already equipped with Windows 10. According to HIPAA compliance regulations, running unsupported software poses a significant security risk to your healthcare business. As outlined in HIPAA Security Rule 45 C.F.R. & 164.308 (a)(5)(ii)(B), organizations must implement procedures for detecting, guarding against and reporting malicious software. Since Windows 7 will no longer receive security pa

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