Recently the largest fully integrated healthcare system in Illinois, Advocate Health Care Network’s mismanagement of electronic medical records (EMR) came as quite a shock. Regardless of your feelings on such a sizable provider being unable to maintain secure EMRs, what can’t be argued is the precedent set by last month’s landmark $5.5-million settlement.
The answer is threefold.
So, if you’re tired of vague platitudes about ‘penalties for lax data compliance’ or the ‘liability risks of mediocre security,’ this is your answer: inadequate preventative measures, unfit business partners, and poor internal security protocols can spell millions in damages. Unfortunately, this isn’t just an aberrant case -- the total punitive damages for HIPAA noncompliance in 2015 totaled $6.2 million; after just over eight months into 2016, they currently stand at $20.3 million.
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