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Sloppy Handling Of Patient Data Always A Danger
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:45:27 +0000 (UTC)


By Alex Kane Rudansky

The rules of the privacy game have changed and the stakes are higher than ever before when protecting patient information in transit.

With advancements in both consumer and healthcare technology, protection of patient information is critically important and equally challenging to achieve. Providers want to get information from point A to point B in the easiest way possible, even if it means using insecure email channels and violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

"If it's going to be secure, it's going to be harder to deal with," said Aaron Titus, chief privacy officer and counsel at Identity Finder, a sensitive data management firm. "Doctors and end-users will always find a way to do their jobs following the path of least resistance."

Most HIPAA violations occur accidentally, usually due to a lack of understanding of the law, which was enacted in 1996 and updated under the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).


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