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OCR Data Breach List Hits 300

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 15, 2011

HealthLeaders Media reports that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has logged almost one healthcare breach every other day since it began keeping its online list in February 2010. The OCR notification website lists breaches of health information protected under HIPAA affecting 500 or more individuals and was created as part of the breach notification interim final rule. According to the report, the tally has reached 300 breaches, and of the 420 complaints claiming violations of HIPAA since October 2009, 192 have been closed after "investigation and appropriate corrective action."
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