New OCR HIPAA Settlement Highlights Importance of Encryption

Published: 11/07/2019

Sources:
  • Department of Health and Human Services
Relevant To:
  • All Healthcare Organizations

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has agreed to pay $3 million to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and take substantial corrective action to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.

URMC filed breach reports with OCR in 2013 and 2017 following its discovery that protected health information (PHI) had been impermissibly disclosed through

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