Advocate, one of the nation’s biggest health care systems which operates 12 hospitals and more than 200 other treatment locations in Illinois, faced multiple potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when laptops containing patient information were stolen from its Park Ridge office about three years ago,
Another HUGE fine (the largest so far) from OCR for a HIPAA violation. Note once again the primary issue was stolen hardware, two laptops, not an outside hack. 62% of reported data breaches are from lost or stolen computers. One of the most effective things you can do to protect your patient’s privacy and to protect yourself from OCR is to secure your computers. Put them in a locked room bolted to the floor with security cables.