Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) has paid $2.7 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to settle allegations that it violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). OHSU must also comply with a three-year corrective action plan.

OCR began an investigation of OHSU’s compliance with HIPAA after OCR received notice from OHSU in 2013 that (i) an OHSU laptop computer was stolen resulting in a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (“ePHI”), and (ii) OHSU stored ePHI with an internet-service provider without a business associate agreement, which is required under HIPAA. Continue Reading