HIPAA Compliance

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HIPAA Compliance Student’s Name Institution Affiliation The violation of the HIPAA can be very costly to the concerned party, and the severity has been growing over the years. The regulations are getting stricter in the formulation, implementation, and observance. The consequences vary depending on the level of negligence, with those indicating a high level of negligence and reluctance in initiating measures to correct the breach within 30 days being the most affected (Kilbridge, 2003). While leniency regarding fines can be offered to those who violated the HIPAA without their knowledge and when they realized the breach, they immediately put measures in place to counter the harm caused. The first real life case is that of New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and Columbia University (CU) where they were charged with the exposure of patients’ electronic protected healthcare information (ePHI). This happened after the network server that was responsible for the protection and securing of the patients’ records in the network was shut down. This exposed the private data to the accessibility of the data, which was entrusted to the two parties and agreement of confidentiality signed, to anybody online with the knowledge and technology needed to access the data (Dwyer III, Weaver & Hughes, 2004). The breach report was submitted on 27th September 2010 which also had details of the actual number of the patients whom the violation affected which was over 6,800 and the categories of the information or records that were exposed. Both institutions are based in the state of New York. Following the investigation conducted by the office of civil rights (OCR), the NYP

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