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HHS OCR Launches Revised HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool

Author: Heather Landi / Source: Healthcare Informatics Online

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a revised web tool, the breach portal, or “Wall of Shame” as it’s known in the healthcare industry, that the agency says features ease-of-use for organizations reporting data breach incidents.

HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) says the revised web tool, which can be found at, puts important information into the hands of individuals, empowering them to better identify recent breaches of health information and to learn how all breaches of health information are investigated and successfully resolved.

In the past, many healthcare industry leaders and federal lawmakers have voiced concerns about the negative impact of a public data breach portal, or “Wall of Shame.” During a House Energy and Commerce Oversight subcommittee hearing on healthcare cybersecurity back in June, members of the subcommittee said that penalties from the Office of Civil Rights and the data breach portal “Wall of Shame” was, in effect, “victimizing the victims” of data breaches.

According to OCR officials, the HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT), also known as the HHS OCR breach portal, features improved navigation for both those…

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