Everything That You Need To Know About The Largest Data Breach Settlement
Every second there are more less 45 data that are being stolen or lost. When this happens to a business establishment, it will put all of their data records at risk. Since these businesses have the personal information of their clients they are also putting them at risk. If this happens the clients will no longer trust the company and can even sue them. Unfortunately data breaches happen all the time.
The largest data breach settlement of all time happened to the U.S department of health and human services and the Advocate health care. The U.S Department of health and human services settled with the price of $5.5 million with the Advocate health care. The Advocate Health Care actually violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects the personal health information so it will not go to the wrong hands. Every health care provider is in charge in keeping their patients personal information safe. There were at least 4 million personal health information that was stolen. The credit card number, the name, the health insurance and the address of every patient was included in the personal information. The exposure of the these personal health information happened in the month of August in the year 2013 after four desktops were stolen in the Advocate health office that is located in Park Ridge Illinois. The desktop computers that was stolen has the information of millions of local patients. Then a second incident happened. Then hackers accessed the network of the billing services of the Advocate health care office. In the second incident, at least 2,000 health information of patients were exposed. Another data breach happened in the month of November in the year 2013. Another desktop computer was stolen from the vehicle. In this breach they stole 2,230 important and personal health information. After all of these data breaches the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act started an investigation.
It is indicated in the law that every health care provider must protect the personal health information of their clients. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act found out that the Advocate of Health office had violated these laws. The Advocate of health should have done protective measures and should not have left the computer in an unlocked vehicle. The Advocate of health care is at fault since they did not secure a written contract from the billing subsidiary. The written contract should have the protection of the information that is in their electronic devices. The advocate health care is known as the largest health care provider in Illinois.
It is very important that health care providers protect their company and even their patients.