Data Security: The Safeguard of Patient Health Information and Consumer Information

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The safeguard of patient health information and consumer information is effectively and sufficiently guarded is the upmost importance to any organization. Information security is important because it the law. Any deficiency of an effective information security program can be costly to an organization and be detrimental to patients and consumers. Organizations must be aware of the growing opportunities for breaches in security as technology is advancing is making the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of protected health information easier (Sayles, 2013). The following two security breaches will identify threats, and provide a security plan for the organization.
The first security breach case is of Affinity Health Plan. A
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The safeguard of patient health information and consumer information is effectively and sufficiently guarded is the upmost importance to any organization. Information security is important because it the law. Any deficiency of an effective information security program can be costly to an organization and be detrimental to patients and consumers. Organizations must be aware of the growing opportunities for breaches in security as technology is advancing is making the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of protected health information easier (Sayles, 2013). The following two security breaches will identify threats, and provide a security plan for the organization.
The first security breach case is of Affinity Health Plan. A managed care plan company based in New York, has agreed to pay federal regulators $1.2 million to settle a 2010 incident that affected 344,557 individuals whose data was discovered on the hard drives of copy machines that had been returned to a leasing company. And while security experts say most organizations are more aware today than in 2010 about the data privacy and security risks posed by equipment such as copiers, printers, and fax machines, this settlement puts the risks in perspective (hhs.gov, 2013).
At the center of the agreement was a breach reported by Affinity to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights on April 15, 2010. Affinity discovered the breach after it was informed by a representative of CBS
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