Hospital Data Breaches Cost $6 Billion Annually

Article by Mark Henricks

Data breaches of patient information cost healthcare organizations nearly $6 billion annually, according to a new study.

The Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security also said hospitals place a low priority on protecting patient data, that “enormous vulnerabilities” exist and that many breaches go undetected.

The study was based on interviews with 211 senior-level managers at 65 healthcare organizations conducted for the Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information management research firm, and ID Experts, a data breach solutions vendor.

In a statement, the firms noted that the HITECH Act in 2009 expanded HIPAA privacy and security protections and required healthcare organizations to notify patients when their information is breached.

“At this point one would hope to see that healthcare organizations have improved information security practices and come into compliance with HITECH, now that it’s been more than one year since it was enacted,” said Chairman And Founder Dr. Larry Ponemon. “Instead we found enormous vulnerabilities.”  read more

Cross-posted by CIOZone

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