Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Some Hospitals Not Auditing for Privacy Breaches

A survey of 24 healthcare organizations in the Toronto area found a wide variation in how often they were conducting audits of inappropriate access to patients' medical records. Surprisingly, some had NO scheduled audit program.

This is disturbing because in recent months, thousands of patients at hospitals across this region have had their confidential medical records accessed for no medical reason. Incidents have included snooping on Mayor Rob Ford as well as selling information about mothers and their newborns to an investment firm.

"raises awareness for hospitals to take a look at how they are auditing and make sure that their audit is comprehensive enough." - acting Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish
Healthcare organizations can proactively detect inappropriate access by using low-cost on-demand SaaS analytics services to conduct regular audits.
Learn how to proactively detect identity theft and unauthorized breaches of data privacy, even by authorized users - with no hardware and no on-site software.
Sources:
(a) Hospital privacy breaches at Lakeridge Health and Rouge Valley put spotlight on hospital protocols - www.OurWindsor.ca, 12/26/2014

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