There is an important balance between the need for protecting PHI and having medical information available for research. Learn more about the HIPAA teetertotter here.
It couldn’t happen to us.
I doubt anyone still feels that a HIPAA breach is impossible in their organization. Results speak louder than words.
A quick search reveals that every year there is a large number of breaches in the US. There is no doubt these organizations know the threat of HIPAA breaches have taken some number of steps to protect against a breach but there is always more that could have been done to reduce/eliminate the exposure.
When it comes to security and PHI for hospitals, it’s best to keep out of the news headlines…
In talking with our healthcare partners these days, a lot of our conversations tend to move toward security, and more specifically, securing PHI. With the recent cyber-attacks on healthcare organizations making headlines and resulting in complete shutdowns of hospital IT systems, you can understand how this is a priority.
They are systematically gathering data about all of us. No bit of data is too small because it could be a critical piece of the puzzle that connects all of the seemingly unimportant information they’ve already collected on you. Imagine creating a digital picture of you, one pixel at a time. Get it? No wait, they’ve got it.