Florida healthcare provider pays $5.5M settlement over potential HIPAA violations

A Florida healthcare provider (Memorial Healthcare Systems) has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services $5.5 million to settle potential HIPAA violations. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), was enacted to publicize standards for the electronic exchange, privacy and security of health information. The reasoning behind this settlement was a security breach that occurred within the last several years. 115,143 patients’ information was accessed using a former employees’ login credentials.

This security breach was reported by Memorial Healthcare Systems to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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