Friday, November 11, 2011

Survey: Regulatory Compliance is Top Data Security Job for Health Care

HealthcareInfoSecurity has published the results of its inaugural "Healthcare Information Security Today" survey, sponsored by Experian and Diebold. The report casts light on health care providers' top information security trends, threats and priorities. The number one data security priority? Improving regulatory compliance. This is not surprising, as we previously wrote about HHS' Office of Civil Rights expanding audits of HIPPA compliance ("OCR Begins HIPAA Compliance Audits")
"When I speak with business leaders about data security, many tell me that protecting sensitive data is a top priority but can't say how it's being done." - Ozzie Fonseca, Director, Experian DBR
Highlights of the top data security priorities include:
  • 63% - improving regulatory compliance
  • 49% - preventing and decting internal breaches
  • 46% - investing in and improving audit logging
51% of respondents indicated that their ability to meet the requirements of the proposed Accounting of Disclosures Rule was either poor, indadequate, or needing improvement.

The results mirror what we learned in our own Veriphyr 2011 Survey of Patient Privacy Breaches, which we released in September. In our findings, we revealed that over 70% of health care providers surveyed reported one or more breaches of patient privacy in the past year. Insider abuse of privileges to snoop on medical records was the leading cause of privacy violations.

Source:
"The State of Healthcare Information Security Today" - HealthcareInfoSecurity.com, November 2011

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