Why should you care about HIPAA?

You shouldn’t, unless you are somehow linked to the healthcare industry. And then if you don’t, it could cost you up to $100,000 or 5 years in prison, depending on the severity of the violation.

Have you ever stood in line at a pharmacy at Costco or Walgreen’s, and had your name called out loud? Or, when visiting a doctor’s office, filled out a sign-in sheet with other names before yours? When a curious nurse at UCLA looks through Angelina Jolie’s charts, and decides to sell the information to a tabloid, he should be making vacation plans to the Federal jail, not Hawaii! According to HIPAA, these are violations.

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