Insecure Private Health Information

Another post from Ken Pope’s listserv on the problem of your insecure private data:

This morning’s *Health Leaders* includes an article: “Data Security
Inadequate at 71% of Hospitals” by Dom Nicastro.

Here are some excerpts:

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The HITECH Act has been under recent scrutiny for not improving the
safety of patient records, according to research from The Ponemon Institute.

For 65 hospitals mostly in the 100- to 600-bed range, 71% of respondents
say they have inadequate resources to prevent and quickly detect patient
data loss.

The same percentage of respondents say federal regulations like HITECH
have not improved the safety of patient records, research from the
“Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Securty” conveys.

Hospitals say that protecting patient data is not a top priority (70%)

Most at risk is patient billing information and medical records, which
is not being protected

Patients are typically first to detect a significant number of breaches
at healthcare organizations (41%)

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