What Should You Take Away from the Mid-Michigan Breach?

A practice managed by McLaren Medical Group had a significant breach of its computer system in March.

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106,000 patients are being notified of the breach that occurred at Mid-Michigan Physicians Imaging Center in March.

The Radiology Center computer system that contains authorizations, orders, scheduling information, and lots of patient information may have been accessed. At least 7 patient records were accessed for certain.

The long delay in reporting was due to the extensive investigation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) does not look lightly on delays in reporting.

What can you learn from the breach and how it was handled?

  1. Make sure your risk assessment is complete and up to date. This is the first thing that the OCR will be interested in seeing if you have a breach.
  2. Make sure you have a breach readiness plan in case there is a breach.
  3. Train your employees regularly.
  4. If you have a breach, contact a healthcare lawyer immediately
  5. Report the breach to the government timely.

We help our clients work to prevent breaches. In the event of a breach, we help our clients notify patients and the government.

It is essential that your practice have a plan in place to protect patient records from breaches and a plan to respond to breaches.

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