A total price tag of nearly $1 billion for dealing with the aftermath of major breaches reported to federal authorities so far should motivate healthcare organizations to take aggressive steps to improve security, one analyst advises.
Federal regulators have recalculated the cumulative tally of the number of Americans affected by major healthcare breaches. They now estimate that nearly 4.8 million individuals have been affected by the 138 breaches reported so far.
The only state attorney general in the nation who so far has used his new power under the HITECH Act to sue a healthcare organization for HIPAA privacy and security rule violations is keeping a close eye on breaches of all sizes.
Unencrypted backup computer files containing personal, health and financial information on about 800,000 people may have been lost by a company that a Massachusetts hospital hired to destroy the files.