Expert: Medicaid Data Breach Illustrates Need for Encryption
DATA LOSS—U.S.October 28, 2010
The recent security breach of 280,000 individuals' personal health information highlights the need for data encryption, says one security expert. The breach, reported last month by Keystone Mercy Health Plan and AmeriHealth Mercy Health Plan, was the result of a lost USB flash drive. Ed Goodman, CIPP, chief privacy officer at Identity Theft 911, says encryption is an uncomplicated and fairly cheap way to protect health information and notes that the reason this breach has been so highly publicized is because it happened due to the loss of a single thumb drive. He says encryption is essential because, "You can put systems in place, but there are always going to be breakdowns in processes."