In the past decade, healthcare data breaches have been on an upward trend, with 2018 marking the highest number at 365 incidents. Between 2009 and 2018, there have been 2,546 data breaches involving more than 500 records, resulting in the theft and exposure of 189,945,874 healthcare records – equal to more than 59 percent of the U.S. population.
Despite many advances in healthcare data security, a recent survey found 82 percent of hospital information security leaders reported a “significant security incident” in the last year, often the result of complacency with protective practices. Depending on the circumstances, penalties for the HIPAA violations associated with these breaches can reach multi-million-dollar fines if issues are allowed to persist for several years or if multiple violations occur.
To avoid jeopardizing patient information and paying hefty fines, organizations should ensure patient data is protected at all times in a secure system. To properly protect patient data, look for an IT solution that supports protected user management and rolebased security to ensure only authenticated users are authorized to access sensitive data. The technology should work consistently enterprise-wide to block hackers while enabling verified access to support clinical teams.
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