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Survey: Three Percent of Patients Experienced Breach

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

January 27, 2012

A new survey of more than 1,000 Canadian patients reveals that approximately three percent have experienced a breach of their sensitive personal information by a hospital employee, healthcare provider or family member, The Globe and Mail reports. The breaches often led to gossip, a lawsuit or required personal recovery time, according to FairWarning, Inc.,--a software company providing breach detection for the healthcare industry. FairWarning's chief executive officer said the breaches cause "a loss of trust...We are moving towards a digital era, where more and more things are electronic, more so than ever before, so the healthcare provider needs to know everything about it."
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