Small practices also at risk for data breaches

(HealthDay)—Data breaches can happen to small medical practices, but staff can take steps to prevent them, according to an article published in Medical Economics.

For example, one five-provider group practice had a data breach that made the records of 42,000 patients available. Hackers accessed Social Security numbers, birth records, and other sensitive protected health information.

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Breach Notification Rule, providers are required to notify affected individuals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and in some cases the media about a breach of unsecured protected health information. Most notifications should occur quickly and no later than 60 days after the discovery of a breach.

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