Monday, November 07, 2005

Jail Guitar Doors

Just think: if you continue to be a compliance slacker, you could be the cautionary tale. From IT Business Edge:

Question: Why haven't we heard much about HIPAA lately?

Armstrong: There haven't been any high-profile prosecutions yet under HIPAA. With Sarbanes-Oxley, you have people fined, going to jail, bankrupted. Sarbanes-Oxley has had a much greater impact on IT people and c-level executives. Organizations covered by HIPAA should be thinking about patient privacy anyway, and HIPAA, after all, is one big privacy policy. But until there is a headline about a hospital official going to jail over selling patient information, HIPAA won't be an effective deterrent. It all boils down to how the law is enforced. When you start throwing people in jail, it becomes a deterrent.

It really is just a matter of time.

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