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February 27, 2018

        Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced a $3.5 million HIPAA settlement with Fresenius Medical Care North America (“Fresenius”), a company which focuses on delivering care to patients with renal and other chronic conditions. Fresenius provides centralized support to a network of Fresenius Covered Entities (“Fresenius Facilities”).

        In 2013, Fresenius reported five separate breaches which occurred in between February 2012 and June 2012. All five breaches were the result of lost or stolen devices and ePHI not being encrypted. Device theft and unencrypted data are two of the biggest causes of...

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