More Than 7 Million Patient Records were Breached in 2013. Are Your Patient Records Protected?

June 9, 2014 by L. Alan Whaley, Partner
The world of health care moves fast.  Hospitals, physicians and other providers must protect the confidentiality of health information in a highly regulated environment with constantly evolving technology. Learn how we can help through our guide, "A Breach, or Not a Breach? If That Is the Question, Encryption May Be the Answer." An excerpt follows: 

More Than 7 Million Patient Records were Breached in 2013. Are Your Patient Records Protected?
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Since the passage of the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act in 2009, the unauthorized disclosure of protected health information (PHI) continues to be a significant risk for health care providers and patients. Statistics maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for large data breaches (those affecting more than 500 people), and analyzed in a report by the health care information security company Redspin, indicate that in 2013 alone there were 199 breaches affecting over seven million patient records.

A look at the breach statistics reveals several patterns, but one is especially glaring: the largest single source of PHI breach is the theft or loss of portable (or moveable) devices – desktop computers, laptops, portable drives. In 2013, there were 100+ such incidents that accounted for over 85% of the total patient records affected, or more than six million records.

What can you do to prevent unauthorized disclosure of protected health information? To learn more, download our guide, “A Breach, or Not a Breach? If That Is the Question, Encryption May Be the Answer.”
 
 
A Breach, or Not a Breach? If That Is the Question, Encryption May Be the Answer


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