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Oct 30, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Clinical Partners or Barbarians at the Gate? Managing PHI Access

Are you unknowingly giving out the keys to your information kingdom at your health care facility? There is a whole lot of risk that comes with network access and, frankly, many health care facilities could be doing a better job to aggressively protect Patient Health Information (PHI) and manage this important part of security. 

It came out recently that the huge Target breach was linked to network access by a heating/ventilation vendor. By logging in to a payment system this vendor provided an opening for a hacker to access an outside EDI interchange and retrieve stored credit card data. 

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Topics: PHI Security, Healthcare Data, Data Security

Mar 6, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Theft Causes Most PHI Breaches & It’s Not Just Laptops

A recent report released by IT Security firm Redspin says hospitals and facilities are most vulnerable for Patient Health Information (PHI) breaches from negligent insiders and from the theft or loss of unencrypted portable computing devices (laptops). Theft, according to the report, is responsible for 83% of all large HIPPAA privacy and security breaches, with hacking accounting for 6% of breaches. 

Let’s take a closer look at the numbers (we are accountants after all). The report shows that more than 29 million patient health records have been compromised since 2009, with a whopping 137.7% increase in the number of records breached in 2012-2013. The most recent figures should be put in context. 

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Topics: Hospital Management, PHI Security