InformationWeek reports on a new study about the privacy of medical data.
Healthcare providers aren’t adequately protecting patient privacy in implementing e-health records, according to a recent survey of healthcare IT managers. Some 80% of healthcare organizations have experienced at least one incident of lost or stolen health information in the past year.
The study from security management company LogLogic and the Ponemon Institute, which conducts privacy and information management research, found that patient privacy is at risk in the nationwide push to implement e-health records. […]
Some 70% of IT managers surveyed said that senior management does not view privacy and data security as a priority. Some 53% say their organizations do not take appropriate steps to protect privacy rights of patients, while less than half judge their existing security measures as “effective or very effective.” And the average cost of a data breach exceeded $210 per compromised record, creating an opportunity for computer crime rings to traffic in stolen medical records.
Highlights of the study are available at LogLogic’s site. (Note: The site asks for personal data before allowing you to review the study.)