OCR Reaches $750,000 Settlement with Univ. of Wash. for HIPAA Violations

The settlement centered around a Security Rule within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

The University of Washington settled with the Office for Civil Rights for $750,000 after a potential HIPAA violation was investigated.

The university admits no liability as part of the settlement, and the resolution agreement mainly focused on a Security Rule violation, according to Winston.com.

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The university also agreed to a two-year monitoring period with the OCR to implement a risk analysis and risk management plan.

The breach, which occurred in Nov. 13, was reported after someone working for the university downloaded malware, which affected a system that contained protected health information.

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OCR’s investigation revealed the university neglected to ensure that it’s “affiliated medical entities” had conducted risk assessments and implemented risk management plans, which is required under HIPAA’s Security Rule.

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