Healthcare Data Protection Failures
Medical files and billing and insurance records are the most likely to be lost or stolen, according to the Ponemon study findings. Lost or stolen payment details increased significantly, according to the study, rising from 17 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2012. Security experts point out that much of the data is being outsourced to third-party providers, among which security lapses are more common. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) attempted to address the issue this month, finalizing long-awaited modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and extending the HIPAA privacy rules to subcontractors.