The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has revised a web-based tool making it easier for the public to obtain information about healthcare data breaches and for organizations to report incidents.

OCR first launched their HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool in 2009, as required by HITECH Act, to report breaches of unsecured protected health information of 500 or more individuals. However, based on feedback, the agency has updated the website to better identify recent data breaches and to make it easier to use and navigate.

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