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ID Experts Offers Breach Prevent for Healthcare: A High-Touch, Affordable Solution for HITECH Data Breach Protection and Compliance
Date:7/21/2009

BEAVERTON, Ore., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- ID Experts((R)), the leader in data breach prevention and remediation, today announced Breach Prevent for Healthcare, a customizable set of services designed specifically for healthcare organizations to easily and cost-effectively comply with the new HITECH Act privacy regulations.

The HITECH Act expands HIPAA's privacy rules with specific data breach notification requirements - that will be enforced as early as September 2009 - for compromises involving protected health information (PHI). Enforcement could result in increased and sometimes mandatory penalties with maximum fines ranging from $25,000 to as much as $1.5 million. And HIPAA's reach now extends beyond healthcare organizations to cover business associates including billing services, collection agencies, accounting firms, and others that provide services to the health care industry. Adding to the complexity, the new HIPAA requirements generally do not preempt state law, meaning that health care providers could be required to comply with both HIPAA's data breach notification requirements as well as state notification laws.

"Fully complying with HIPAA and the HITECH Act is a complex undertaking. An organization that fails to achieve full compliance and, as a result, suffers a data breach could face substantial imputed and out-of-pocket costs, class action litigation, and enforcement actions by state or federal authorities," said Philip L. Gordon, chair of Littler Mendelson's Privacy and Data Protection Practice Group. "Companies that take proactive measures including, when needed, resorting to resources with extensive expertise in privacy, compliance, and breach response could help minimize the risk of a security incident and the associated costs."

Regulations aside, a data breach can hurt an organization's credibility and can carry huge medical and financial risk
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