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One-Third of Medical Organizations Report ID Thefts

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 11, 2010

A Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey has found that 33 percent of healthcare organizations have had at least one known case of medical identity theft, but some may never be reported. InformationWeek reports that the 2010 HIMSS Security Survey also found that more than twice as many hospital employees--38 percent--responded that they would report a medical identity theft instance, as opposed to 17 percent of those working for other medical practices. Among the study's other key findings, encryption and single sign-on were most frequently identified as technologies not currently used at their organizations but planned for future implementation.
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