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Survey: Majority of IT Professionals Lack Confidence in Personal Health Information Security

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Survey: Majority of IT Professionals Lack Confidence in Personal Health Information Security - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Image: Sophia Winters

Despite HIPAA and HITECH initiatives created to protect consumers’ privacy, 76 percent of IT security industry professionals say their personal healthcare information is not any more secure than it was in 2010, according to a new survey.

nCircle‘s 2011 Personal Health Information Security Trends Survey indicates that with the push to implement electronic health information, many believe healthcare organizations are not adopting adequate security measures.

“The increased collection and storage of electronic personal health information has definitely made many IT security professionals nervous,“ said Elizabeth Ireland, VP of marketing for nCircle. “IT security professionals believe this trend should be accompanied by increased security in healthcare organizations, but so far they are not confident their ePHI is adequately protected.”

Ireland also noted that consumers are beginning to realize that recovering from a healthcare information breach is difficult.

“If someone steals your credit card number, your credit card company will help cover your losses and issue you a new one,” she said. “However, there is no easy recovery process for lost healthcare data.“

The survey was conducted March 17-25, 2011, and polled 544 respondents in senior management, IT operations and risk and audit managers.

 

 

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