Healthcare Data Not as Protected As It Should Be  

Healthcare Data Not as Protected As It Should Be  

USA Today says that patients may be sharing too much personal health data with their providers who, in turn, are not able to give it the sufficient protection that it needs.

The HIPAA Journal reported that 2016 had the highest number of reported data breaches for hospitals and doctor’s practices, as shown by a summary by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights.

Some notable cases were the Bronx-Lebanon hospital which left sensitive patient information such as names, home addresses, HIV status, sexual assault and domestic violence reports in the open due to a misconfigured backup server. Another case involved Anthem Inc. that breached the personal health information of around 80 million customers.

Source: USA Today

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