Monday, March 4, 2013

NEJM: Secure Patient Data

"The Office for Civil Rights has received more than 77,000 complaints regarding breaches of health information privacy and completed more than 27,000 investigations, which have resulted in more than 18,000 corrective actions."
"...breaches of health information security exact a weighty financial toll and endanger patients." - New England Journal of Medicine
"Beyond privacy concerns, breaches of health information security exact a weighty financial toll and endanger patients. Abuse of insurance identifiers drains money that would be better spent funding legitimate health care services."

"And identity breaches can deleteriously affect the quality of care. Incorrect information can infiltrate the beneficiary's medical record and corrupt later medical decision making. Beneficiaries have been wrongly labeled as diabetic or HIV-positive when people with those conditions obtained services using a beneficiary's medical identity."

"Health care providers should follow best practices to ensure that computer networks are more secure. As progress continues toward the development of a national infrastructure for electronic health information, security of electronic data becomes increasingly important."

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Sources:
(a) Protecting Patient Privacy and Data Security - New England Journal of Medicine, www.nejm.org, 2/27/13
(b) Avoid Medical ID Theft - Department of Health and Human Services, www.hhs.gov, 2/27/13
(c) Audit of Information Technology Security Included in Health Information Technology Standards - Department of Health and Human Services, www.hss.gov, May 2011

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