The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services had instituted The HIPAA Privacy Rule in the year 1996 laying down a list of rules and guidelines intended to protect the personal health information of patients. To remain compliant with these regulations, all hospitals and healthcare organizations are taking the necessary steps to protect their operations from data breaches. Even as medical institutions have been adopting the latest of software and applications to protect their records, hackers seem to remain a step ahead.
According to the data released by the 2017 “Cost of Data Breach Study” by the Ponemon Institute in conjunction with IBM Security and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, the healthcare industry continues to be the most susceptible to data breaches. In the year 2017 alone, close to 60% of security leaks or 328 breaches occurred for a cost of around $1.2 billion in this sector alone.
Experts are Conducting Studies to Understand the Causes
Should you check out the results of research published by the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), you’ll learn about the findings of a team headed by Meghan Hufstader Gabriel, Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. These results clearly point to the need for secure data destruction protocols that all medical institutions should adopt. [Read more…]