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Medical Data Protection Especially Risky

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 28, 2011

Business Insurance reports on the difficulties healthcare institutions face in protecting customer data and preventing breaches. Healthcare data is at high risk for breaches because it is widely disseminated amongst multiple institutions and there is a growing black market for medical information, the report states. Institutions must also comply with various state and federal regulations according to the patient's jurisdiction--not the institution's. One legal expert says breach prevention competes with other priorities and so must "begin with the C-suite," adding that having top executives concerned about data protection "goes a very long way."
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