[ISN] Stolen laptops mean $2M in mega fines

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/stolen-laptops-mean-2m-mega-fines By Mike Miliard Managing Editor Healthcare IT News April 23, 2014 Serving notice that “covered entities and business associates must understand that mobile device security is their obligation,” the HHS Office for Civil Rights has settled with two organizations for a combined $1,975,220 penalty after their unencrypted computers were stolen. That’s a big number. And that’s because it’s meant to drive home the point that unencrypted laptops and mobile devices pose significant risks to the security of patient information, said Susan McAndrew, OCR’s deputy director of health information privacy. “Our message to these organizations is simple: Encryption is your best defense against these incidents,” she said. The biggest of the two settlements was levied against Concentra Health Services, after OCR opened an investigation following a breach report that an unencrypted laptop was stolen from one of its facilities, the Springfield Missouri Physical Therapy Center. […]