The HHS Office for Civil Rights has fined Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates, collectively known as MEEI, $1.5 million and imposed a corrective action plan following the theft of an unencrypted laptop in February 2010.
The organizations have signed a resolution agreement detailing “potential” violations of the HIPAA security rule and components of the corrective action plan. MEEI does not admit guilt in the agreement. The laptop contained prescriptions and other clinical information on 3,621 patients and research subjects.
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