[ISN] IT malpractice: Doc operates on server, costs hospitals $4.8M

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9248205/IT_malpractice_Doc_operates_on_server_costs_hospitals_4.8M By Jaikumar Vijayan Computerworld May 8, 2014 An inadvertent data leak that stemmed from a physician’s attempt to reconfigure a server cost New York Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital and Columbia University (CU) Medical Center $4.8 million to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The hospitals and HHS announced the voluntary settlement, which ends an inquiry into the incident, on Wednesday. New York Presbyterian will pay $3.3 million, while Columbia will pay $1.5 million to settle the complaint. The hospitals also agreed to take “substantive” corrective action, including development of a new risk management plan and new policies and procedures for handling patient data. The HHS will also be provided with periodic progress updates under the agreement. “Our cases against NYP and CU should remind health care organizations of the need to make data security central to how they manage their information systems,” the statement said. […]