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

regulatory activity and increased compliance. On the other, organizations are so afraid of being labeled ‘noncompliant’ that they overlook the bigger elephant in the room, the still-present risk and escalating costs associated with a data breach. We need to shift the industry focus from a ‘check the box’ mentality around compliance to a more comprehensive, sustained look at data security.”

When the 2008 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data was released in April 2008, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was the primary regulatory requirement dominating the healthcare space. At the time, the study suggested that HIPAA’s focus on medical privacy fostered a significant lack of awareness among healthcare providers around the frequency, cause and seriousness of patient identity theft. According to the latest study, the same is true in 2010, despite the flurry of regulatory activity around patient data security over the past two years and the severe financial penalties these laws impose.

Key report findings include:

1. Despite new regulatory activity, including the implementation of Red Flags Rule and HITECH Act, and increased compliance among healthcare providers, the reporting of healthcare breaches is on the rise.

 
  • The majority of survey participants indicated that they were compliant with existing laws and regulations. Average responses were above a 6.0 (on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the highest level o
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