New Study Reveals Push to Electronic Medical Records Puts Patient Privacy at Risk

From the press release:

LogLogic, the leader in log and security management solutions, and the Ponemon Institute, a privacy and information management research firm, today announced results of a national survey of healthcare IT security professionals that shows patients may be surrendering their privacy as the $2.5 trillion medical industry – prompted by federal stimulus funding – pushes to accelerate the pace of digitizing health information records.

According to the October 2009 Ponemon report, Electronic Health Information at Risk: A Study of IT Practitioners, 80 percent of healthcare organizations surveyed had experienced at least one incident of lost or stolen electronic health information in the past year – four percent had more than five patient data breaches. More than two-thirds of these healthcare organizations had already digitized at least a quarter of their patient records and a third had digitized more than half.

The full report is available here (free registration required).

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