Breaches in Patient Information

HHS data shows 1800 large data breaches since 2009.  This from the Health Data Management site:

The health care sector experienced almost 1,800 large data breaches involving patient information between Oct. 21, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2016, with health care organizations reporting more than 1,200 of the incidents, according to an analysis of HHS data published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers also found that 216 hospitals reported 257 breaches, with 33 of those hospitals experiencing more than one breach.

Even more alarming is that smaller groups don’t even have to report their breaches.

This is scary and bothersome.  EMRs not only make your job worse but it puts your patients at risk.  Quality indicators and useless information being asked of patients is not only a waste of time but even adds MORE information for others to steal.

I heard these paper charts are a cool new option.

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  3 comments for “Breaches in Patient Information

  1. Mary
    April 18, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Just curious: What is the real follow up to these breaches?
    I see from your comment above. It is mostly from the financial data people get screwed, not from any great reveal of medical info.

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  2. john parkin
    April 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    With tongue in cheek I say more power to these thieves if they can make more sense out of this electronocrap than I can !

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  3. Perry
    April 17, 2017 at 10:25 am

    My wife and I spent most of the weekend filing reports and reviewing our credit reports because some —-hole got hold of our information in the Anthem breach 2 years ago. Anyone who thinks their privacy is protected by insurance companies and hospitals is sorely mistaken.

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