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In an industry already beset by data breaches, what happens when a flood of new data comes into play? For the healthcare industry, it could mean bigger data breaches with bigger lawsuits, fines and financial losses now that open enrollment, running October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014, in Health Insurance Exchanges (HIE) is here.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), millions upon millions of Americans now have unprecedented access to health insurance. With this greater access comes greater data – millions of new Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) accounts and electronic health records (EHR) – and the need for greater data privacy controls.
These three steps in particular are important for every healthcare organization, including the new HIEs and even third-party vendors, to take:
Plus, hospitals, private practices and other healthcare providers can take additional precautions by:
From the HIPAA Omnibus Rule to the new HIEs, the healthcare industry is being asked to rapidly adjust to significant changes. Data loss prevention measures and data breach preparedness provide a stable foundation from which to meet these challenges and others that are surely coming down the line.
For help creating a data breach response plan and getting past these challenges, download Experian’s recently updated Data Breach Response Guide for free at www.Experian.com/ResponseGuide.
1 2013 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, Ponemon Institute (May 2013)
2 Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security, Ponemon Institute (December 2012)
3 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft, Ponemon Institute (September 2013)