HIPAA Helper

Who is Revealing Your Private Medical Information?

For the first time, you can easily search whether your hospital, clinic, pharmacy or health insurer has been named in patient privacy complaints, breaches or violations. This tool includes data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (which enforces HIPAA), the California Department of Public Health (which enforces California’s medical privacy laws) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (which tracks privacy violations at its vast network of veterans hospitals and clinics). Related Story: Few Consequences For Health Privacy Law’s Repeat Offenders

Where HIPAA Violations Happen

Health providers with the most privacy complaints that resulted in corrective-action plans or “technical assistance” provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights from 2011 to 2014:

Notable Incidents

Culled from California Department of Public Health deficiencies and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs privacy reports:

Top 10 by Agency