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.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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3 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    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.

  2. john parkin says:

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

  3. Perry says:

    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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