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Breaches Demonstrate Risks as Records Go Electronic

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 4, 2012

Kaiser Health News reports on the increased risk of health data breaches as patient records become electronic. The risks were recently exemplified in two breaches at Howard University Hospital, the report states, as well as recent breaches at the Utah Department of Health and TRICARE. However, many breaches were avoidable, says the Center for Democracy & Technology's Deven McGraw. "We have technology that can help save us when we're all too human," she says, adding cloud storage, password protection and encryption can help healthcare providers safeguard patient data. While risk can never be completely eliminated, "we can do a lot better than we have been doing," she says. 
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