ZixCorp just sent out a partner advisory discussing an article about a five physician practice that was recently fined $100,000 for HIPAA violations, including not encrypting PHI in email.
- April 2012, Forbes.comArizona Cardiac Surgeons Pay $100,000 to Settle HIPAA Violations
With proactive, random HIPAA audits now from the Office of Civil Rights, a huge increase in HIPAA audits and enforcement is a reality for 2012. There are many organizations vulnerable to high fines and irreversible damage to their reputation and now is the time to educate your clients and prospects on how ZixCorp Email Encryption services can prevent these harmful headlines from happening to them.
“This case is significant because it highlights a multiyear, continuing failure on the part of this provider to comply with the requirements of the Privacy and Security Rules,” said Leon Rodriguez, director of the HHS Office of Civil Rights. “We hope that health care providers pay careful attention to this resolution agreement and understand that the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules have been in place for many years, and OCR expects full compliance no matter the size of a covered entity.” – April 2012, HHS.gov