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Expert: Access Control Key to Protection of Online Medical Data

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 24, 2010

The amount of personal medical information online will "increase exponentially" over the next four years, reports Computerworld, which is causing some to be concerned about the protection of that data. IDC researchers anticipate that by 2015, 60 percent of Americans will have an online health record, collectively amounting to petabytes of data. A major healthcare data breach is inevitable, according to Dr. William Braithwaite, who wrote portions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). And security measures must include access controls, says another expert. "The fact that you did encryption doesn't mean you've protected medical information," said Dr. Taher Elgamal of Axway, "because access control is the real issue."
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