Beth Israel Deaconess to pay $100K in fines for 2012 data breach

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will pay $100,000 in fines as a result of a 2012 data breach in which a physician's laptop was stolen from the hospital.

The Massachusetts Attorney General levied the fine against the Boston-based medical center because of its failure to encrypt patient data and lax security efforts, according to an article in The Boston Globe.

The theft occurred May 22, 2012, and put the information of about 3,900 patients at risk. After the theft was reported, Beth Israel hired a national forensic firm to investigate if the information has been misused, FierceHealthcare previously reported.

John Halamka, chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess, said the hospital has since improved its security procedures, according to the Globe.

"After this incident, we worked closely with the federal and state governments, as well as security industry experts, to ensure that [the hospital] adopts state-of-the-art security policies and technologies," Halamka said in a statement. Article