Apr 17

HIPAA compliance = privacy protected?

From David Harlow’s healthcare blog (www.harlowgroup.net):

A year ago, AHRQ found rampant confusion and mistakes among covered entities trying to comply with HIPAA.  This month, HIMMS Analytics released a survey of nearly 300 health care IT and data security professionals indicating that a focus on HIPAA compliance leaves a blind spot with respect to other patient data issues, including:

·       Underreporting of data breaches

·       Inconsistent understanding of the costs of a data breach

·       Widespread failure to implement new policies and procedures following a data breach

The study was commissioned by Kroll Fraud Solutions and may be downloaded here (free registration required).  The executive summary/press release is here (no registration required). 

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