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Surveys: 91 Percent of Healthcare Practices Breached, Patients Concerned

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY

February 17, 2012

Ninety-one percent of small healthcare practices in North America say they have suffered a data breach in the past 12 months according to a Ponemon Institute survey. The survey--which questioned more than 700 IT and administrative personnel at healthcare organizations with 250 employees or less--also found that 31 percent say "management considers data security and privacy a top priority, and 29 percent say their breaches resulted in medical identity theft," Dark Reading reports. Meanwhile, a recent survey by Harris Interactive found that though most consumers want electronic health records, they also fear the system is not currently well protected by state and federal laws.
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