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More on the South Shore Hospital Health Data Breach

As a result of the state’s review of the file loss, the hospital is forced to pay a $750,000 settlement. However, the true total is $475,000, which is the balance due based on the hospital’s pre-existing investment of $275,000 in technology, particularly data-handling upgrades.  The remaining balance will go to enforcement payments ($250,000) and a data-security education fund ($225,000).

via South Shore Hospital Health Data Breach | EHRintelligence.com.

California: Consumers Must Be Notified Directly of Data Breaches

Most importantly, the new law PDF available here, courtesy Information Law Group states that notification must be direct. Yes, it can be electronic, but it must provide a way for the notified party to follow up with questions, and give that person a point of contact who represents the company. The company contact must be accessible through toll-free telephone, not just e-mail.

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HIPAA Auditor Involved in Own Data Breach

KPMG, which won OCR’s $9.2 million contract for HITECH-required HIPAA audits in June 2011, told the Saint Barnabas Health Care System of West Orange, NJ, in June 2010 that a KPMG employee lost an unencrypted flash drive that may have contained a list with some patient names and information about their care, Saint Barnabas reported on its website.

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