HIPAA Learning Center

HIPAA enforcement

HIPAA is enforced by the Office of Civil Rights, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2009 with enactment of the HITECH (Health Information in Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act, the maximum penalty per HIPAA violation was increased to $1.5 million. Since early 2011 there have been numerous large fines and penalties levied on health care providers, institutions, and health insurance carriers. Learn more by clicking the links below.

First civil monetary penalty for HIPAA violation: Maryland insurance carrier fined $4.3 million http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/examples/cignetcmp.html

One of the nation’s oldest and largest hospitals fined $1 million for losing patient information, including patients with HIV/AIDS http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/examples/massgeneralra.html

$100,000 fine of five-physician surgical group in Phoenix, AZ designed to send message to small physician practices
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/04/20120417a.html

“Tip of the Iceberg” USB drive lost by Alaska dept. of Health and Social Services leads to investigation and $1.7 million fine
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/06/20120626a.html

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee fined $1.5 million for loss of unencrypted hard drives
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/03/20120313a.html

Lost laptop by Massachusetts Eye and Ear physician triggers investigation and $1.5 million fine
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/09/20120917a.html

Texting protected health information (PHI) is illegal and can cost your practice millions. With hippomsg, any registered community member can transfer PHI to another registered colleague—in an instant. Our secure messaging network allows healthcare providers to communicate quickly and efficiently, while ensuring HIPAA compliance. Independent experts have been engaged at every step to ensure this service is HIPAA compliant for both web and mobile use. 

Healthcare is notoriously slow to adapt to changes in technology, and sometimes for good reason. However, mobile technology is revolutionizing communication. With hippomsg, community members can stop waiting on hold or spending valuable time tracking down a physician’s office backline number. The app let’s you focus on patient care. Available as a webpage or mobile platform, hippomsg was created by medical professionals, for medical professionals. It’s free—and yet priceless.