Features  |   April 2017
Patient Data Under Siege – The Greatest Weakness of EHRs
Author Affiliations
  • Lisa Y. Chan, M.D.
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
  • Becky J. Wong, M.D.
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
  • Stephen G. Howell, M.D., M.B.A.
    Committee on Electronic Media and Information Technology
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Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Features
Features   |   April 2017
Patient Data Under Siege – The Greatest Weakness of EHRs
ASA Monitor 04 2017, Vol.81, 26-29.
ASA Monitor 04 2017, Vol.81, 26-29.
Despite health care organizations having spent millions digitizing medical information as a means to increase efficiency and cut costs, the investment into cybersecurity of these electronic medical records has been disproportionately small. In the past several years, a dramatic series of data breaches into health care organizations and insurance companies have exposed these shortcomings, and they appear to be progressively more common. The Department of Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights, the federal agency overseeing the privacy rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), has already documented more than a thousand data security breaches since its inception. It is no longer a matter of if these breaches will occur, but whether the health care systems are prepared when the breaches occur.
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