Virtua Medical Group, a South Jersey firm with dozens of medical and surgical practices, has agreed to pay $417,816 to settle a complaint that it exposed medical records of more than 1,650 patients on the internet
Another HIPAA fine. This one involves 1,650 patients. That is about the same as a small dental practice. Could you withstand a $417,816 fine to your practice? Remember this will not be covered by insurance you will pay out of pocket. Do the math and the fine amounts to $253 per patient. Most dental offices easily have 3000 patients records, that is every patient in your computer not every active patient. 3000 x $253 = $759,000.
The data was not exposed by the practice but by a service the practice had contracted with to transcribe records.