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Study: HITECH Hasn't Stopped Leaks

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

May 19, 2010

A study by Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business shows that eight months after enacting the HITECH Act, organizations are still leaking information through peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, reports Computerworld. The study searched P2P networks for healthcare-related keywords and found that health information was just as accessible as it was before the implementation of stronger data controls required under the HITECH Act. The study found that 20 percent of the documents uncovered in the search contained data protected under the HITECH Act. According to the report, data leaks often happen when users improperly install software onto computers that store personal information.
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