The HITECH Act requires full transparency when it comes to HIPAA breaches, according to HHS.gov. An analysis of the data shows each state and its number of HIPAA violations by covered entity, business associate, breach type, date of breach and the amount of individuals affected.
The breakdown of states and number of breaches are as follows:
- 39% Less than 3 breaches
- 39% 4 to 9 breaches
- 15% 10 to 20 breaches
- 7% More than 21 (the highest being 36).
The incident with the greatest amount of individuals affected included Health Net and their business associate, IBM from California, affecting 1.9 million.
The best way to avoid a HIPAA breach is prevention. Get educated on HIPAA law and regulations by registering for our free, upcoming webinar:
HIPAA, HITECH, BAAs and The Law: Concerns and Best Practices
A Health IT Webinar
September 27, 2011 @2pm ET
Hosted by: Online Tech
Guess Speaker: Tatiana Melnik, Attorney at Dickinson Wright