Friday, October 31, 2014

Employer Provided Health Benefits Targeted by Insiders

Legal consultants maintain that a great deal may be at stake for employers and benefit managers when data breaches occur in health care provider systems.

A health record is far more valuable than information stolen from a financial institution, according to Charles E. Harrell, partner at Duane Morris. “An electronic health record (EHR) would have enough information that you could create a false identity pretty quickly.”

"Employers have to be particularly mindful of the fact that people are out there trying to steal information."
- Charles E. Harrell, partner, Duane Morris
For employers, which administer health care coverage, payroll and other benefit systems, Harrell says “there’s a lot that we have to do.” A 2013 survey by Employee Benefit Research Institute found 156 million people had employment-based health benefits.

“Employers have to be particularly mindful of the fact that people are out there trying to steal information," says Harrell. Organizations seeking to proactively detect identity theft and privacy data breaches can utilize low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services.

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Sources:
(a) Health care data breaches impact employers, benefits security - www.ebn.BenefitsNews.com, 10/14/20`4

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