Q&A: How a health 'data spill' could be more damaging than what BP did to the Gulf

Government Health IT, December 9, 2011

The street value of health information is 50 times greater than that of other data types. Even worse, the healthcare industry is among the weakest at protecting such information. With organized criminals trying to steal medical IDs, sloppy mistakes becoming more commonplace, mobile devices serving as single sign-on gateways to records and even bioterrorism now a factor, healthcare is ripe for some a wake-up call ? one that just might come in the form a damaging "data spill." In this Q&A, experts discuss why healthcare lags other industries in privacy and security, and how the $6.5 billion spent on responding to data breaches could be better invested.


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