Boston Hospital Settles With HHS Over HIPAA Violations

By Dani Kass (July 14, 2015, 6:08 PM EDT) -- A Steward Health Care System LLC hospital in Boston has agreed to pay $218,400 to the U.S. Department of Human and Health Service's Office of Civil Rights to settle the agency's claim that it violated patient privacy laws.

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in northwest Boston will also have to implement a corrective action plan to address the deficiencies in its compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This comes about three years after the OCR received complaints that its Internet-based sharing application may not have been protective enough and could have left medical information for nearly 500 patients unsecured....

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