OCR Settles Diverse HIPAA Violations with Advocate Health Care Network for $5.55 Million

August 5, 2016. On August 4, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) the HIPAA privacy, security, and HITECH Act breach enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) settled HIPAA multiple privacy and security violations with Advocate Health Care Network (“Advocate Health”) for $5.55 million—the largest OCR settlement with a single entity to date. Advocate health is a nonprofit organization in Illinois comprised of “250 treatment locations, including twelve acute-care hospitals and one of the region’s largest medical groups,” as reported by HHS.

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