The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects Americans with health-related conditions from exclusions, limitations and discrimination in group health coverage. It also imposes confidentiality rules on medical professionals regarding patients' records. Indeed, cyber thieves see data as a commodity, and patients' digital medical records are 50 times more valuable than financial information, according to security experts. Civil penalties for breaking HIPAA rules range from $100 for an unknowing violation to $1.5 million for willful neglect.
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