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Healthcare Industry Continues to Overlook Critical Gaps in Data Security, According to New Bi-Annual Report
Date:4/5/2010

Despite new statutory and regulatory requirements for healthcare privacy and security, a new survey of U.S. healthcare organizations suggests that while organizations are updating their security environments, data continues to be at risk

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) April 5, 2010 -- As the healthcare industry prepares for a major shift to electronic health records (EHRs) over the next several years, a new bi-annual report provides data that shows that providers are still having difficulty adequately securing patient data in a rapidly changing landscape. 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. The report, which surveys healthcare organizations nationwide, was commissioned by Kroll Fraud Solutions, a leading provider of data protection and identity theft response services.

“The results of the latest study are bittersweet to say the least”, said Brian Lapidus, chief operating officer for Kroll Fraud Solutions. “On one hand, healthcare organizations are demonstrating increased awareness of the state of patient data security as a result of heightened
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