Monday, November 15, 2010

Laptop theft is a leading cause of health data breaches

Here are more reasons why we should be using Cloud Computing in health care. According to this story on Government Health IT, laptop theft is a top cause of health data breaches:

Laptop theft is the most prevalent cause of the breach of health information affecting more than 500 people, according to the Health & Human Services Department, which last year began tracking data breaches by public and private healthcare organizations.

The fact that laptops are so easily stolen underscores the importance of physical security in the protection of health information, according to Adam Greene, senior health IT and privacy specialist in HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, which enforces the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Read the full story on Government Health IT.

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