South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass., has agreed to a $750,000 settlement with the state Office of Attorney General following a breach of protected health information that affected about 800,000 patients in 2010.

Under the agreement, the fined amount is $750,000 but the hospital will be credited $275,000 as recognition of investments it has made in improving information security. The hospital will pay a $250,000 regulatory enforcement payment and make a $225,000 contribution to a data security education fund.

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