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Survey: Most Health Breaches An Inside Job

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 1, 2011

The number of breaches involving protected health information are on the rise, and those responsible are often internal staffers, SC Magazine reports. That's according to a survey by Veriphyr, which found that 70 percent of organizations surveyed had been breached within the last year. The 2011 Survey of Patient Privacy Breaches also found that 35 percent of those responsible were insiders looking at fellow employees' medical records, and 27 percent were looking at those of patients and friends. Besides curiosity, identity theft is a motivating factor for the breaches, Veriphyr's CEO said, as medical personnel are increasingly recruited to help commit the crime. 
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