An unencrypted laptop computer that's missing from the United Kingdom's National Health Service North Central London health authority contained information on 8.63 million people, according to a report on The Sun newspaper's website.
If you need one more reason to take additional steps to prevent health information breaches, here's something to consider. An attorney argues that if breaches, and their high costs, are not brought under control, "I think where we are headed is to an insurance crisis."
Many organizations are unprepared to adequately respond to a breach, security expert Bob Chaput says. "Breach notification planning is just a fundamental, basic part of risk management in the new millennium," he adds.
The federal list of major healthcare information breaches that have occurred since September 2009 didn't grow much in the past month. The list now includes 272 cases affecting a total of almost 10.9 million individuals.
"Raising the security awareness of your workforce is your best defense against having a breach incident," says David Holtzman, who's on the federal team that enforces the HITECH Act breach notification rule.
Healthcare data breaches and regulatory mandates have combined to create a new standard for data security that relies heavily on system and user activity awareness. To be compliant and avoid costly breaches, organizations must to improve their ability to predict and see in near real time where incidents are likely to...