Sunday, April 15, 2012

HIMSS Report - Majority of Patient Data Privacy Breaches by Employees

Employees continue to be the biggest source of medical data privacy breaches according to the 2012 report by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
"56% indicated that the source of the breach was unauthorized access to information by an individual employed by the organization at the time of the breach." - HIMSS Report on Security of Patient Data
The report states "while hospitals are stepping up to regularly audit their monitoring and response procedures, reports of data breaches are on the rise."

Most hospitals have no automated analytic tools to detect unauthorized access to be medical records. Particularly difficult is determining when an employee's inappropriately accesses medical records of patients who are not under their care.

HIMSS Analytics invited a variety of individuals with experience in their healthcare organization’s privacy and security environment to participate in this telephone-based survey. The 250 respondents included senior information technology (IT) executives, Chief Security Officers and Health Information Management (HIM) Directors/Managers, Compliance Officers and Privacy Officers. Only one respondent per organization was invited to participate in this survey. Data was collected in December 2011.
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Sources:
(a) 2012 HIMSS ANALYTICS REPORT:SECURITY OF PATIENT DATA HIMSS, April 9, 2012

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