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Health IT Security Lags Behind

by Bill Siwicki

Healthcare IT News

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Ponemon: 89 percent of healthcare entities experienced data breaches

Nearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations have experienced data breaches, and for the second year in a row criminal attacks are the leading cause of breaches in healthcare, according to the Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data.

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Protecting Patient Data: Back to the Basics

Respondents to the Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of healthcare Data acknowledge that, despite the high level of awareness of the issues, both in terms of criminal attacks and human errors or mishandling of data, not enough is being done. Both healthcare organizations and their business associates express “little or no” confidence in their ability to “detect all patient data loss or theft.” It’s an issue that has the attention of healthcare, consumers and the government. What can be done to ensure better protection of patient data?

About half of all breaches are related to cyberattack; the other half to human error, according to the study. This article suggests that a good starting point for health organizations is a focus on the basics: employee training and education to address the threats that come from within.

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