hospital-digitaliStock_000022556491_LargeIneffective wireless encryption

Taped-over door lock on data room

Inadequate passwords

Computers without adequate log-off

Disabled audit logging

Unencrypted email and laptops

Former employees with inappropriate network access

These vulnerabilities and more (a total of 151) were found at seven large hospitals during a round of audits by the Department of Health & Human Services. Although these vivid examples point to hospital systems, HIPAA applies also to many other types of covered entities and business associates including, of course, physician practices. These non-hospital providers are most likely even more vulnerable to such lapses as they are less likely to have dedicated information technology staff, legal departments, and formalized record-keeping practices.
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computerServerHaving no need to brandish bandanas to obscure identity or firearms to force entry, cyber bandits, in a sophisticated and well-orchestrated robbery, waltzed into the IT vaults of Anthem, the second-largest U.S. health insurer, and walked off with personally identifiable information on about 80 million current and former members, a population that comprises Anthem customers,