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Academic health center pays $875,000 fine in data breach


Chainarong Prasertthai via Getty Images Oklahoma State University Center for Health Services has paid $875,000 to the federal government to settle alleged violations of HIPAA privacy rules. The academic health center also agreed to implement a corrective action plan that includes two years of monitoring.

HHS’ Office for Civil Rights investigated potential HIPAA rule violations after the center informed the agency in a 2018 breach report that an unauthorized third party gained access to a web server containing personal health information. The healthcare provider did not admit to liability in the settlement.

The hacker installed malware that led to the disclosure of electronic data for nearly 280,000 patients. The breach exposed patient names, Medicaid numbers, healthcare provider names, dates of service, dates of birth and addresses and treatment information, the HHS said.

Dive Insight:

Cyberattacks on healthcare providers have swelled over the past decade, affecting arecord 45 million patients in 2021 alone, triple the number reported just three years earlier, according to one analysis . Medical records are especially appealing to identity thieves hunting for financial data due to the amount of personal information they contain.

The problem shows no signs of abating . A systems breach at imaging […]

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