Corporate Compliance

Hospitals still do not have resources to prevent data breaches

Compliance Monitor, November 10, 2010

Nearly three out of four (71%) of hospitals in the 100- to 600-bed range say they have inadequate resources to prevent and quickly detect patient data loss, according to an article published in HealthLeaders Media.

The article references a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, which also found that 71% of respondents say federal regulations like HITECH have not improved the safety of patient records.

Other highlights from the study include the following:

  • Data breaches cost hospitals $6 billion annually
  • The majority of responding organizations have less than two staff members dedicated to data protection management (67%)
  • Hospitals say that protecting patient data is not a top priority (70%)
  • Patients are typically first to detect a significant number of breaches at healthcare organizations (41%)

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