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

cated that they have policies in place to monitor access and sharing of electronic health information, yet research shows that 84 percent of healthcare breaches since 2003 were due to “low tech” incidents such as lost or stolen laptops, improper disposal of documents, stolen backup tapes, etc.(2)
  • 60 percent of respondents said they required third party vendors to provide proof of employee training and only half indicated that they required third party vendors to provide proof of employee background checks. As organizations prepare for the broader sharing of electronic health records across massive networks of providers, payors, state and federal repository systems, third party involvement is only expected to increase in the coming years.

  • “We’d still like to see increasing maturity of data security function – from a checklist compliance approach to an organization-wide risk management approach,” said Lisa Gallagher, senior director of privacy and security for HIMSS. “We’d like to see recognition of security risk as a business risk and have the function appropriately supported and resourced by executive management. The healthcare environment is only going to become more complex over time with the emphasis on health information exchange and new technology approaches such as cloud computing.”

    The 2010 HIMSS Analytics Report also noted significant differences between security policies and procedures by hospital type. Critical access facilities lagged behind general medical/surgical facilities and academic medical centers in several key areas, including:

     
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