Stolen laptop lands medical group in hot water with HHS

09/24/2012 | Medscape (free registration)

The theft of a physician's unencrypted laptop has led to a $1.5 million settlement between his medical group and the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which said the practice had displayed "organizational disregard" for HIPAA security rules. A Kaufman Rossin report found stolen or missing laptops accounted for 22% of incidents involving lost patient data reported to the government in 2011 and advised health care organizations to encrypt the devices or add controls.

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