Most healthcare organizations have been victims of data breaches: 10 key findings

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Not only have the majority of healthcare organizations been victims of cyber attacks and security breaches, but the business associates of those organizations also often fall prey to attacks, according to a new report.

Here are 10 key findings to know from the Fifth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & Security of Healthcare Data, published by the Ponemon Institute, a data protection and information security policy research center in Traverse City, Mich.

When asked what type of security incidents worry them the most, 70 percent of healthcare organizations answered employee negligence.
This was followed by hackers at 40 percent and the use of public cloud services at 33 percent.

Healthcare organizations reported the following perceptions of privacy.

  • Policies and procedures do effectively prevent or quickly detect unauthorized patient data access, loss or theft: 58 percent.
  • Organization personnel have the technical expertise to be able to identify and resolve data breaches involving unauthorized access, loss or theft of patient data: 53 percent.
  • Technologies within the organization effectively prevent or quickly detect unauthorized patient data access, loss or theft: 49 percent.
  • The organization has resources to prevent or quickly detect unauthorized patient data access, loss or theft: 33 percent.

Business associates of healthcare organizations reported the following perceptions of privacy.

  • Policies and procedures do effectively prevent or quickly detect unauthorized patient data access, loss or theft: 50 percent.
  • Organizational personnel have the technical expertise to be able to identify and resolve data breaches involving unauthorized access, loss or theft of patient data: 50 percent.
  • Technologies within the organization effectively prevent or quickly detect unauthorized patient data access, loss or theft: 46 percent.
  • The organization has resources to prevent or quickly detect unauthorized patient data access, loss or theft: 41 percent

Read the full report here.

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