Significant Increase in Criminal Attacks on Healthcare Data

March 28, 2014 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​Criminal attacks on healthcare organizations’ electronic information have increased 100% over the past four years, states a March 12, 2014, report from the Ponemon Institute. Based on interviews with senior-level personnel at healthcare providers, as well as information on the actual data loss and data theft experiences at their organizations, the Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security reveals that data breaches now cost healthcare organizations $5.6 billion annually. The total number of data breaches in healthcare has declined slightly, however, suggesting that organizations are making some progress. The data indicated that 90% of respondents had at least one data breach over the past two years, while 38% have had more than five data breaches during the same time period.

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