Damage from Healthcare Data Breaches Spreading
As protection, healthcare organizations should evaluate if encryption is applied and consider transferring data via a cloud provider.
Paper and laptops account for 27% and 22% of the beaches, respectively, but combined accounted for only 5% of the individuals affected by breaches. The study says this is a result of organizations taking steps to remove or encrypt protected health information.
Unauthorized access and improper disposal are most likely to trigger paper breaches. Healthcare organizations should evaluate their paper management procedures. Theft is the biggest threat to laptops. Encryption tools should be deployed to protect personal health information.
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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