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University Pays $400,000 for Unsecured Electronic Protected Health Information

A recent resolution agreement between the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS) and Idaho State University (ISU) requires payment of $400,000 and implementation of a corrective action program to address the breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) of approximately 17,500 patients. According to public information published by HHS (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services), ISU notified federal regulators of a breach and cooperated with an investigation headed by OCR (HHS Office for Civil Rights). "Risk analysis, ongoing risk management, and routine information system reviews are the cornerstones of an effective HIPAA security compliance program," said OCR Director Leon Rodriguez. "Proper security measures and policies help mitigate potential risk to patient information." HHS Press Release

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