Health Information Management

MA hospital to pay $750,000 to settle data breach allegations

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 28, 2012

A Massachusetts hospital will pay the state $750,000 in a settlement following a breach of PHI that included missing unencrypted computer backup tapes and affected more than 800,000 patients in 2010, the state attorney general office reported May 24.

South Shore Hospital reported the breach to Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office in July 2010. The information breached included individual’s names, Social Security numbers, financial account numbers and medical diagnoses.

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