Rodriguez: More Breaches Means More Enforcement
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.March 28, 2012
More intensive enforcement of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) will come as a result of increasing numbers of patient data breaches, HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez said at an event in Washington, DC, on Monday, FierceHealthIT reports. "The environment needs to change," Rodriguez noted, adding, "The same vigilance that providers bring to the fraud and abuse environment they should apply to the HIPAA environment." Rodriguez said the majority of health data breaches--76 percent--involve electronic data, not paper records, and that human error is most often to blame. "Enforcement tells a story that explains to others not to do this," Rodriguez said.