1.9 Million Affected in HIPAA Security Breach. Is Your Data Secure?
Oh no! Note again! The California Department of Managed Care is currently investigating the security practices of insurer Health Net after nine server drives went missing from the company’s California data center. Currently 1.9 million individuals are being notified about the potential breach of their personal health information, an incident that could result in the largest breach reported under the HITECH Act breach notification rule since it went into effect in September 2009.
Unfortunately for Health Net, a security breach is not unfamiliar territory. In May 2009 Health Net lost a computer disk drive that compromised the health information of 1.5 million consumers nationwide, resulting in a $250,000 payment and corrective action plan. Hopefully, this latest breach will emphasize to Health Net, and all companies that handle PHI, the urgency to make secure data storage a priority. These HIPAA violations are not going unnoticed and will soon earn Health Net the top spot on the HHS data breach "wall of shame".
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