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Study: Healthcare Breaches Increasing

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

December 2, 2011

Healthcare data breaches have increased by more than 30 percent and could be costing the healthcare industry $6.5 billion annually, Dark Reading reports. That's according to the Ponemon Institute's "2011 Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security," which found that the main reason for such breaches is employee error. The rise in breaches is also due to improved breach detection capabilities, according to the institute's founder, Larry Ponemon, CIPP. Of the organizations surveyed for the report, 96 percent had experienced a data breach in the last two years. "Small leaks can become big leaks pretty easily," Ponemon said.
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