Department of Health and Human Services Reports 18.4 Million Data Records Breached

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In September, we wrote a blog about the TRICARE data breach, where over 4.9 million patients backup tapes were exposed to parties that should not have been privy to the information; resulting in shared knowledge based authentication answers. As of October 25, 2011, the Office for Civil Rights, which is in charge of enforcement for the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced there have been more than 18.4 million reported instances where a persons information has been accidentally breached.

This does not include the instances where the data breach was smaller than 500 persons.

The consequence for companies when a data breach occurs is the possibility of a monetary fine. In July of this year, the UCLA Heath System was required to pay a fine of $865,500.00 to the Department of Health and Human Services because fraud prevention solutions were not adhered to.

So if you would like to make sure your hospital network is compliant with all regulations, or you need additional id verification solutions, we can assist you.