A Small Breach, But a Big Fine Once Again

It was Alaska DHSS first, and now the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary suffering a big consequence for a relatively small breach. The organization has agreed to pay a hefty penalty of $1.5 million for HIPAA violations identified during OCR’s investigation of the theft of an unencrypted laptop which occurred in 2010. This Boston-based teaching…

HIPAA and Meaningful Use Now Tightly Intertwined

The provisions of the two final rules of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use released last week have attracted significant attention, especially the rule demanding retention of patient engagement obligations. However, what is more striking is how these two final rules are intertwined with the privacy and security requirements of HIPAA, although many commenters on the…