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Expert Analyzes Reported Data Breaches in 2011

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 20, 2011

The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media's Christopher Burgess reviews reported patient data breaches from January to June of this year to show how the various incidents could have been avoided. With more than 87 breach incidents affecting approximately five million patients in the first five months of this year, Burgess opines, "Sadly, being compliant is not synonymous with being secure." Burgess breaks down the reported breaches into hardcopy, digital and identity theft incidents and provides recommendations to mitigate the risks surrounding patient data protection. "We have no choice," Burgess writes, "we must take action now...your patients are counting on you to protect their crown jewels, their data."
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