8 Top Motivations Behind Intentionally Compromised PHI

One of the most pressing security issues for hospitals and health systems is employees snooping on the medical records of friends, neighbors or coworkers, according to the 2013 HIMSS Security Survey.

Survey respondents identified the following as the most common motivations behind a cyberattack or other intentional breach of patients' protected health information. Top responses included:

  • Hospital employees snooping: 80 percent
  • Financial identity theft: 67 percent
  • Medical identity theft: 51 percent
  • Outsourced personnel snooping: 23 percent
  • Cyberterrorism: 16 percent
  • Black market activities: 11 percent
  • Intellectual property theft: 8 percent
  • Business espionage: 4 percent
  • Other: 2 percent

Survey results were based on responses from 283 health IT or information security leaders from hospitals and health systems around the country.

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