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Patient Data Loss on the Rise

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 28, 2010

Even with the addition of procedures to better protect patient data, InformationWeek reports that the number of medical record breaches continues to increase--up six percent since 2008. Highlighting recent cases from New York, Tennessee and Florida where patient data--including medical records and Social Security numbers--was dumped outside medical centers or at recycling facilities where anyone could access it, the report criticizes healthcare providers for not doing more to protect their patients' personal information. Referencing a study by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the report points out that more than 110 healthcare organizations have reported the loss of sensitive patient information on 5,306,000 individuals in the past two years.
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