in HIPAA Headlines by John Brewer

Arg!

Nope, not speak like a pirate day.

That is me censoring and keeping things clean here.

Details:

  • Government Contractor
  • Laptop Stolen from office
  • CD-ROM in laptop had data on 207,000 Reservists

Questions:

  • Why was data not encrypted?
  • Why was data on a CD-ROM?
  • What is going on here?

PHI on a mobile device (laptop/external hard drive/CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/thumbdrive) that is not encrypted is just asking for disaster.

Don’t let this happen to you.

Our suggestions:

  • Don’t let PHI out of your office
  • Don’t put PHI on a CD-ROM
  • Don’t put PHI on a thumbdrive
  • If you must do one of the above, make sure you encrypt the device

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