IT | Security

Healthcare Breaches Prevalent

By: Absolute Team | 9/16/2011

Veriphyr recently published their 2011 Survey of Patient Privacy Breaches report indicating that over 70% of healthcare providers suffered privacy breaches in the last 12 months.

The report summarizes the findings of a survey of compliance and privacy officers at mid to large sized hospitals and healthcare service providers. Of those surveyed, 80% believed that they lacked adequate controls to detect breaches in a timely fashion.

According to the report, insiders were responsible for the majority of breaches. 35% snooped into medical record of fellow employees and 27% accessed records of friends and relatives. It would seem curiosity makes insider threats much greater in the healthcare field.

The loss or theft of data accounted for 25% of healthcare breaches in the last 12 months.