A new report by the Ponemon Institute reveals some startling statistics about data security in healthcare:
The frequency of data breaches among organizations in this study has increased 32 percent from the previous year. In fact, 96 percent of all healthcare providers say they have had at least one data breach in the last two years. Most of these were due to employee mistakes and sloppiness—49 percent of respondents in this study cite lost or stolen computing devices and 41 percent note unintentional employee action. Another disturbing cause is third-party error, including business associates, according to 46 percent of participants.
There is a lot more alarming information in the report.
Self-interest alert: I provide privacy and data security programs to healthcare institutions.
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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy training, data security training, HIPAA training, and many other forms of awareness training on privacy and security topics. Professor Solove also posts at his blog at LinkedIn. His blog has more than 1 million followers.