Healthcare Industry Continues to Overlook Critical Gaps in Data Security
According to a new bi-annual report, there is a a significant lack of awareness among healthcare providers around the frequency, cause and seriousness of patient identity theft. The 2010 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data indicates that healthcare organizations are actively taking steps to ensure that patient data is secure. However, these efforts appear to be more reactive than proactive, as hospitals dedicate more resources toward breach response vs. breach prevention through risk management activities. Areas of concern include physical security of date stored on laptops, thumb drives, and other portable devices, as well as accesss security for data stored online.
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