Mass Eye And Ear Infirmary Hit With $1.5M Breach Settlement

Author:Ms Dianne Bourque
Profession:Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
 
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As the old saying goes, "no good deed goes unpunished...."    The most recent, published Office for Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA enforcement action serves as an important reminder that self-reported breaches can and do lead to investigations and enforcement.  

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary was following the HITECH breach notification rules when it reported the theft of an unencrypted laptop in 2010.  The laptop contained the protected health information of MEEI patients and research subjects, including prescription and health information.  OCR investigated the breach and brought an enforcement action, citing MEEI for a number of HIPAA security rule violations.  Not unexpectedly, OCR was focused on laptop security and the security of portable...

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