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All Eyes on Healthcare Data

Hospitals make it a priority to keep its patients safe, but dangerous threats still loom over the healthcare industry. Research from JAMA Internal Medicine reports that over the past seven years, almost 1,800 large data breaches involving patient information have been found. In fact, 2016 was a record-breaking year for healthcare. More than 300 healthcare businesses reported data breaches and 16.6 million American healthcare records were exposed due to hacks, lost or stolen devices, unauthorized disclosure, and other activity.

Hospitals still come up short when it comes to properly protecting patients’ data. On the other hand, patients need to be aware of existing security concerns. Some of those concerns include:

  • ACCESS: In order to protect patients, certain areas of the hospital must maintain higher levels of security including the pharmacy, the psychiatric unit and the NICU (neonatal).
  • PATIENT’S IDENTIFICATION: Connecting the patient to the correct medical record and charts can literally be life-impacting. Assuring a patient gets the correct treatment, medication, bloodtype, etc., creates a security concern as medical ID cards can be lost, stolen or borrowed. With the proliferation of electronic health records, the linkage of patients ID’s to these systems continues to expand so assurance of identification increases security concerns. In addition, duplicate medical records are costly to hospitals and can cost $96 per record according to an AHIMA report.
  • CYBER SECURITY: With the continued expansion of hospital groups across multiple sites combined.
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