HHS OCR revises 'Wall of Shame' breach portal

The HHS Office for Civil Rights launched a new version of its HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool July 25, which it says will help to educate healthcare stakeholders about the types of breaches occurring in the industry.

The revised HBRT features improved navigation, highlighting breaches currently under investigation and reported within the last 24 months. It also archives older breaches and includes information on how they were resolved.

"HHS heard from the public that we needed to focus more on the most recent breaches and clarify when entities have taken action to resolve the issues that might have led to their breaches," said HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD.

OCR released the HBRT in 2009, following the enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. All HIPAA-covered organizations are required to report incidents where 500 or more patients' information is lost, stolen or hacked to the OCR, which publishes the information on the HBRT.  

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