Data Breaches Are Not Just Information Technology Worries!
Donna M. De Simone
A data breach of protected health information can be a costly problem, not only for a healthcare corporation, but also for the healthcare provider, including the pediatric nurse. A data breach of protected patient information involves the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which is not just the once-a-year online educational activity. HIPAA's most serious breach ramifications are huge and not frequently stressed. A HIPAA breach can incur monetary penalties, loss of a nursing license, employment termination, prison time, and now, the exposure of a new cause of action – a lawsuit.