Boston Childrens Hospital has reached an agreement with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to pay $40,000 and improve the security of protected health information following the theft of an unencrypted laptop.
The fine and imposition of corrective actions comes a month after Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, also in Boston, agreed to pay $100,000 and make security improvements following the theft of a physicians laptop from an office in May 2012. Further, in 2012 Coakley slapped South Shore Hospital in Weymouth with a $750,000 fine following a breach that affected about 800,000 patients. Coakley is one of several state attorneys general who have targeted protected health information breaches since changes to HIPAA gave AGs jurisdiction to prosecute.
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