Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Survey: IT Workers Say Medical Centers Could Boost Privacy Measures

More than half of American hospitals fail to take appropriate steps to protect the privacy of patients, according to a new survey of health care IT security professionals.

Released Tuesday by the Ponemon Institute, the survey, titled “Electronic Health Information at Risk: A Study of IT Practitioners,” found that 80 percent of responding health care organizations had experienced at least one incident of lost or stolen electronic health information in the past year.
Among the IT professionals surveyed, 70 percent said senior management does not view privacy and data security as a priority..

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