Top HIPAA Enforcer Sees Cyber Breaches Rising

Law360, New York (January 13, 2015, 6:53 PM EST) -- Health care companies are increasingly experiencing cyberattacks that result in breaches of sensitive patient information and implicate privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the law’s top enforcer said Tuesday.

Jocelyn Samuels, director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, made the comments in written remarks to Law360 on the same day that she briefed reporters on enforcement priorities for the first time since assuming her post five months ago.

Asked about emerging threats to electronic protected health information, or ePHI, Samuels said by email that infiltration of computer networks...

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