Editor's note: SearchHealthIT.com received this feedback in response to the article, HIPAA data breach prevention tips for health care IT leaders . The letter has been edited for style but not for content.
I read your article on HIPAA data breaches and I commend your inclusion of fraud as a factor to consider in data breach prevention -- unfortunately, South Florida leads the nation in healthcare fraud and we have a high incidence of ID theft by fraudsters seeking to secure Medicare/Medicaid benefits.
In a similar vein, Adventist Health was just sued in a class action here in Florida, arising out of the illegal sale of PHI by an emergency room worker. The hospital is being sued for failure to implement protocols/safeguards to prevent the occurrence.
This was first published in April 2013