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Data Breaches are a Costly Threat to Healthcare

Data Breaches are a Costly Threat to Healthcare
888 data breaches in the first six months of the year alone are straining the healthcare industry and putting a huge financial burden on it.

888 data breaches in the first six months of the year alone are straining the healthcare industry and putting a huge financial burden on it.

Arundhati Parmar

2015 has had quite a few data breaches and it's something that needs to be taken more seriously as we connect more devices and interoperability becomes the order of the day.

The infographic below created by Royal Jay, a software company, is based on the  Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data by Ponemon Institute and shows that as a result of the breaches 34% of all health records in the U.S. now stand exposed. And data breaches cost the healthcare industry $6 billion annually. 

The infographic also suggests some technical and operational steps that healthcare organizations can take to minimize the risk of bad actors hacking into health records. The technical efforts include installing anti-malware software, data loss prevention software and two-factor authentication software. And the operational efforts include having a security and compliance oversight committee, formal security assessment process and ongoing user awareness and training among others. 

Breached: A costly threat to healthcare

Arundhati Parmar is senior editor at MD+DI. Reach her at [email protected] and on Twitter @aparmarbb

[Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com user crispy_fish_images]

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