Healthcare Breach

Do your business associates know how they will be affected by HITECH?

Posted on Sep 07 2010 by

Just as the healthcare industry came up to speed on the regulations defined in The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, additional modifications are being proposed. These proposed rules focus on expanding obligations and penalties for covered entities (CEs) to now include business associates (BAs). So why is this significant?

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Warning: Medical data breaches are on the rise

Posted on Sep 07 2010 by

According to a recent study by the Identity Theft Resource Center, data breaches in the healthcare sector are occurring at a higher rate than in other industries. The study found that of the 385 data breaches that occurred in the U.S. in the first half of 2010, 30% of those affected were healthcare providers. In comparison, data breaches reported in banking and other financial institutions for the same time period totaled 10%.

What is the cause of this large discrepancy between industries?

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