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What if the Unthinkable Were to Happen – A Breach of Your Patients’ Protected Health Information!
Posted on: 5/2/2019
In 2015, one out of every three patients in the United States experienced a breach of their medical records. If this trend continues at the current rate, everyone in the United States will have had their personal health data compromised by the year 2024.    

Data breaches have been all too common for a long time now, and healthcare organizations are prime targets for many cyber criminals. 

Health data breaches expose sensitive details about patients – not only their names, addresses and phone numbers, but often their diagnoses and any test results, too.

From a legal standpoint, do you know what to do in the event of a breach involving patients' medical records? 

If a breach occurs and compromises the security or privacy of protected health information (PHI), physicians, other health professionals and their business associates must adhere to federal and state reporting requirements. 

Learn more with ISMS' medical legal guideline, HIPAA Breach Notification Requirements.* This resource covers how to determine whether you've had a breach, the requirements for breach notification and how to prevent unauthorized access of PHI going forward.

Questions? ISMS members may contact the ISMS Legal Department with questions at 800-782-4767 ext. 6485 or send an email.


This ISMS medical legal guideline is a member benefit and is password protected.

If you need to request a username and password, contact online support at 888-476-7776 or onlinehelp@isms.org  between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. After-hours requests are answered promptly the next business day. You may also register online or retrieve your username or password .

*This guideline is for educational purposes only.



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