October 25, 2012
8:00a – 12:00p
Mass Medical Society Conference Center
860 Winter Street, Waltham

The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Massachusetts Medical Society present a jointly-sponsored program to educate physicians on critical issues of health data security and prevention of data breaches.  This program is the first in a series of educational initiatives for the health care industry planned by the Office of the Attorney General  to complement the Attorney General’s enforcement activities to protect consumer health and financial information in the health care industry.

Attorney General Attorney General Martha Coakley will begin the morning program which will feature presentations by attorneys from the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights and the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Health Care Divisions on federal and Massachusetts data security laws, including HIPAA and M.G.L. c. 93H. Boston Attorney Colin Zick will provide an expert perspective on best practices and steps physicians can take to protect patient information.

Data breaches in healthcare organizations are on the rise. Experts estimate that the loss of patient information costs the health care industry billions annually. Since 2009, Massachusetts healthcare entities have reported nearly 140 data breaches, affecting the personal information of over 840,000 Massachusetts residents, to the Attorney General’s Office.

The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General is holding the health care industry accountable for related data breach cases. In May of 2012, South Shore Hospital agreed to pay $750,000 to resolve allegations that it failed to protect the personal and confidential health information of more than 800,000 consumers.  Funds from the settlement will be used to support the Attorney General’s planned training and educational efforts, including the October 25th program, to prevent data breaches in the health care industry in Massachusetts.

For information about registering for this training opportunity, please visit http://www.massmed.org/HealthDataSecurity.