The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights reviews all reports of breaches of protected health information affecting more than 500 individuals, says David Holtzman, a health information privacy specialist at OCR.
At the Safeguarding Health Information conference in Washington, Holtzman outlined several issues that organizations that have experienced a large breach should be prepared to respond to. They include a determination of the root cause of the breach, identification of gaps in compliance with HIPAA privacy and security rules that led to the breach, and evidence that the root cause has been addressed to ensure further breaches do not occur.
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