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Patient Data Breaches on the Rise

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

December 19, 2011

Using the example of a stolen laptop at a Massachusetts healthcare nonprofit, The New York Times explores the increased threat of data beaches as healthcare providers are encouraged to move to electronic health records. According to a Ponemon Institute study, data breaches are up 32 percent from last year, costing the healthcare industry about $6.2 billion. Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative's Micky Tripathi says the breach cost the nonprofit $288,000 and about 600 hours. "Breaches are going to be one of the big challenges as more physicians and hospitals adopt electronic health records," Tripathi says.  Meanwhile, Allina Hospitals & Clinics sent the personal information of eight people in a mass e-mail to 250,000 in Minnesota and Western Michigan. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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