After The HIPAA HITECH Breach: Another True Story

I recently wrote about the letter that OCR sent to a physician practice that had reported a data breach due to the theft of a laptop and server.  This engendered some comments that I was using scare tactics.  Well, I guess I am at it again because I came across this well done PowerPoint presentation detailing the aftemath of a breach caused by PHI left on a copier that was examined by 60 Minutes as part of a story about copier security.  As you can see it is not just about the fines but about the public embaressment and the cleanup costs.  This is a classic case of the ounce of prevention versus the pound of cure.

http://www.hcca-info.org/regional/2011/NYC/Cullencolor.pdf


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