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What constitutes a HIPAA breach?

What constitutes a HIPAA breach?- A breach is defined as the unauthorized acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of PHI which compromises the security or privacy of the information.HIPAA violations can have very serious consequences ranging from $100 – $50,000 per incident upto $1.5 Million.The best way to prevent a breach is to always keep PHI confidential and follow proper security practicesSome examples of breaches include:- Viewing patient records without the “need to know”- Sharing passwords- Not shredding PHI and placing in a trash bin- Posting PHI to social media- Gossiping about patients to friends and family- Losing a laptop or medical devices- Texting patient information- Accessing PHI from a home computer- Not training your staffNot sure about HIPAA or if your IT environment is secure? Let our team help!#hipaa #phi #protectyourdata #hipaacompliance

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