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Volume: 4 Issue: 3
(March 2017)

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hipaa-hitech enforcement against presence health reinforces importance timely breach notification recent enforcement action u.s department health human services

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HIPAA-HITECH enforcement against Presence Health reinforces the importance of timely breach notification

A recent enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (‘HHS’) against Presence Health has illuminated the importance of timely breach notification, and represents the first enforcement action to date in relation to untimely breach reporting by a covered entity under the US HIPAA-HITECH Rules. Joan Antokol of Park Legal LLC analyses the lessons to be learnt from the action, including for organisations outside the US that will soon be affected by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (the ‘GDPR’).

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