Lifespan pays over $1M to settle HIPAA charge

On April 21, 2017, Lifespan Corp., the health systems moms and dad business and company partner, reported a staff members unencrypted laptop had actually been taken. The laptop consisted of protected health information such as client names, medical records and group details.
There were 20,431 people impacted by the breach.
The Office for Civil Rights performed an investigation and found the health system had systemic noncompliance with HIPAA rules, consisting of failure to encrypt electronic protected health information as well as a lack of device and media controls. The health system also didnt have a service associate agreement with Lifespan Corp.
Life-span will undergo a restorative action strategy and be kept an eye on for two years as part of the settlement.
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Providence, R.I.-based Lifespan will settle a possible HIPAA offense associated to a taken laptop computer for just over $1 million, according to an HHS press release.

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