Patient info lost on subway earns MGH $1 million HIPAA fine; 4.9M had health data stolen, lost in first year of HITECH Act;

> Massachusetts General Hospital will pay the U.S. government $1 million to settle what the feds are calling "potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule," according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The case involves patient information that an employee left on the subway. FierceHealthcare

> Anxious to ride the iPad wave, GE Healthcare demoed two new iPad versions of its primary health software, Centricity Advance and Centricity Practice Solution, at HIMSS11 in Orlando last week. The applications already are available for use on smartphones and other mobile devices, but company statements indicate the iPad may actually be better suited to the software, given its ability to flick quickly through multiple pages of documents, and zooming in on certain parts of the screen. FierceMobileHealthcare

> Theft was the primary cause of breaches of personal health information (PHI) between Sept. 21, 2009 and Sept. 21, 2010--the first year where breach incidents were publicly reported to the Department of Health and Human Services under provisions of the HITECH Act--according to a new study from Miami-based accounting firm Kaufman, Rossin & Co. FierceEMR

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