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Millions in Privacy Violations Wake up the Healthcare Industry

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April 5, 2011- In this article a panel of experts assesses the impact and lessons of two recent high-profile fines related to privacy violations in the healthcare industry. The incidents examined by the panel include Cignet Health of Maryland, with a penalty of $4.3 million dollars. and Massachusetts General with a settlement of $1 million—both for violating the Federal HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule, designed to the privacy of patient healthcare information.

“The Stimulus Plan and the HITECH Act…represent a sea change in the way the healthcare industry looks at the problem of data breaches. In this climate, it is imperative that the healthcare industry understands the importance of using appropriate security and privacy safeguards and best practices,” states panelist and Santa Fe Group CEO Catherine A. Allen.

Ms. Allen’s message is consistent with what attendees of NAID’s upcoming free webinar on the new Doctor’s Office Marketing Campaign will hear (see FREE WEBINAR: HIT THE GROUND RUNNING ON DOCTORS’ OFFICE MARKETING PROGRAM above for more details on the webinar).

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