Five Tips for Protecting Personal Health Information

Avoid the next costly breach by following common-sense approaches.

“We’ve had a breach.”

It’s a sentence nobody wants to hear, but breaches in the healthcare industry are unfortunately common. The Open Security Foundation reports that the healthcare industry has been responsible for 14 percent of all security breaches since 2005, and the Ponemon Institute indicates that healthcare breaches cost twice as much as retail-sector breaches.

The healthcare industry faces a perfect storm of factors that make breaches more likely. The industry is in charge of a range of personal health information (PHI) and is also notoriously slow to adopt leading practices and new technology. Large healthcare facilities typically have hundreds or thousands of employees and healthcare professionals with access to PHI; and smaller practitioners often lack the knowledge and resources to properly secure their networks and PHI.

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