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Practitioners' Holiday Wish? Privacy Improvements

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 23, 2010

HealthLeaders Media reports on healthcare practitioners' holiday wishlists that they had more staff, more time to study HIPAA regulations and a year free of data breaches. A recent Ponemon Institute study revealed that of the 65 hospitals surveyed, 71 percent said they had inadequate resources to prevent and quickly detect patient data loss, the report states. Other wishlist items include a smooth transition to the implementation of electronic health records, an efficient and compliant data encryption program and more safeguards to protect personal health information. "I hope that technology continues to be enhanced to support patient privacy," said Debra Mikels, a healthcare practitioner in Boston, MA.
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