St. Joseph Health in Irvine, Calif., will pay more than $2 mil­lion to set­tle al­le­ga­tions that its 14 hos­pi­tals and a host of other health­care op­er­a­tions left per­son­ally iden­ti­fi­able records of 31,800 peo­ple ex­posed on a new com­puter server.

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The govern­ment al­leges St. Joseph failed to eval­u­ate the server’s im­pact on the se­cu­rity of its IT sys­tems. That left records ex­posed from Feb. 1, 2011, un­til Feb. 13, 2012. The lat­est HIPAA set­tle­ment is the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s 12th this year. That’s a record num­ber in any year since an HHS agency be­gan to re­port en­force­ment ac­tions against vi­o­la­tors of HIPAA in 2008.

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