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Largest HIPAA Settlement in History Announced

Anthem Pays OCR $16 Million for Largest U.S. Health Data Breach in History

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Earlier this month, Anthem agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) a $16 million fine, the largest in history, to settle potential HIPAA violations resulting from the exposure of 79 million patient records. OCR’s investigation also showed several other issues:

  • Failure to conduct an enterprise-wide risk analysis
  • Insufficient procedures to review information system activity regularly
  • Failure to identify and respond to suspected security incidents
  • Failure to implement adequate minimum access controls to prevent the cyber-attackers from accessing sensitive ePHI. Read the entire article

This settlement clearly illustrates two main points:

  1. OCR continues to strictly enforce HIPAA privacy and security and
  2. Cybersecurity is at the forefront of the new trend of large scale breaches.

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