Experts: Get Serious About Patient Data Protection
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.May 18, 2010
A HealthLeaders Media report suggests that providers must start taking privacy regulations seriously and should ensure that portable devices are encrypted in order to better protect patients' personal health information. Recent breaches involving stolen laptops underscore the need for encryption, as do statistics on the HHS Office for Civil Rights' Web site that show 25 percent of reported large patient data breaches involved a laptop. "Providers must start taking the regulations seriously and must take the steps necessary to protect patient information, especially on these most vulnerable portable devices," said the privacy and security officer of a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital.