IT | Security

3 Ways to Protect Patient Data

By: Absolute Editorial Team | 12/26/2014

I recently wrote a post for HealthITSecurity on the Top Tips for Keeping Patients’ Healthcare Data Protected.” With healthcare data the most valuable kind of data on the black market, and increasingly intricate regulations, healthcare IT has a heavy burden to protect patient data.

The healthcare sector is now responsible for the most data breaches and is increasingly the target of attacks. It's no wonder too, when a single healthcare record can sell for $20 on the black market. A whole patient dossier is worth up to $500. This information is used to create fake identification to buy medical equipment or drugs that can be resold, or to file fall claims with insurers.

With a host of new data protection regulations, coupled with the growing rate of attack, data security has never been more important to healthcare organizations. In the article, I discuss the importance of protecting mobile devices in the healthcare sector; 78% of data breaches in the healthcare sector are due to lost or stolen devices, a far greater proportion than in other industries.

The article looks into a specific example of a laptop stolen from a rental car, a laptop which breached the information of 23,500 patients. This breach had severe repercussions for the healthcare organization and these outcomes are setting the bar for more to come.

The article discusses ways to reduce the number of threats to healthcare data, including:

  1. Encrypt PHI stored on portable devices
  2. Implement an additional layer of persistent security and management software
  3. Properly educate employees

My article discusses these points in full. If you have any questions, I’m happy to discuss them with you.