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Study: Regulations Driving Internal Policies, But Breaches On The Rise

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 18, 2012

Organizations prioritizing compliance with healthcare privacy regulations are increasingly doing so at the expense of protecting patient information. That's the message coming out of a new study on data breaches in the healthcare sector, Corporate Counsel reports. The "2012 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data" found that though 96 percent said they had conducted a formal risk analysis, 27 percent experienced a breach--an eight-percent increase from 2010--with 69 percent reporting they had experienced more than one. The study, which surveyed 250 hospital administrators, found that "changes in external policies and regulations such as HIPAA and ARRA HITECH drove updates to their action plan for securing patient information."
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