Retailer settles HIPAA violation allegations over improper electronic device disposal: 4 details

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The gadgets consisted of client names, phone numbers, birth dates, drivers accredit numbers, prescription numbers and medication information. The business concurred to pay $235,000 to settle the claims and improve information security practices. Wakefern designated a chief privacy officer and supplied online staff member training in HIPAA under the arrangement.

Wakefern Food Corp., a big retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, N.J., and 2 associated ShopRite grocery stores will pay $235,000 to settle HIPAA infraction claims for inappropriately discarding client records.
Four details:
1. In 2016, the business discarded into dumpsters electronic gadgets used to collect patient signatures and purchase info from drug store customers after changing the devices.
2. The discarded gadgets were not effectively cleaned of client details prior to being disposed of.
3. The devices included patient names, phone numbers, birth dates, chauffeurs license numbers, prescription numbers and medication info. There were more than 9,7000 people potentially impacted by the breach.
4. The business concurred to pay $235,000 to settle the claims and improve data security practices. Wakefern appointed a primary personal privacy officer and provided online staff member training in HIPAA under the arrangement.

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