For the first time, even little medical clients can get massively fined if they accidentally lose critical information.

Here’s a nasty recent example in Idaho:

Losing a single laptop containing sensitive personal information about 441 patients will cost a non-profit Idaho hospice center $50,000, marking the first such penalty involving fewer than 500 data-breach victims.


The data was unencrypted.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that it has reached an agreement with the Hospice of North Idaho that will see the hospice pay $50,000 for violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Read the full story, For the first time, a small data breach draws a big fine ($50K) by Paul McNamara

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