Beth Is­rael Dea­coness set­tles suit over data breach for $100,000

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Joseph Conn

Beth Is­rael Dea­coness Med­i­cal Cen­ter has agreed to pay $100,000 and strengthen its data se­cu­rity poli­cies to set­tle a state health in­for­ma­tion data breach com­plaint in­volv­ing the med­i­cal and per­sonal records of nearly 4,000 in­di­vid­u­als ex­posed by the theft of an un­en­crypted lap­top com­puter.

The set­tle­ment of the civil suit, which came in the form of a con­sent judg­ment ap­proved last month in Suf- folk County Su­pe­rior Court, was ne­go­ti­ated be­tween the Bos­ton hos­pi­tal and Mas­sachusetts At­tor­ney Gen­eral Martha Coak­ley.

The hos­pi­tal agreed to pay a $70,000 civil penalty, $15,000 for at­tor­ney’s fees and cost, and con­trib­ute $15,000 to a fund run by the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice for ed­u­ca­tion about data pri­vacy and se­cu­rity.

The breach oc­curred in May 2012 af­ter some­one en­tered a Beth Is­rael Dea­coness physi­cian’s un­locked of­fice and took a lap­top, which was not is­sued by the hos­pi­tal but had been used reg­u­larly by the physi­cian for hos­pi­tal busi­ness “with BIDMC’s knowl­edge and au­tho­riza­tion,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Coak­ley.

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