Two Truths and a Lie About Health Data Security

By David MacLeod

Healthcare is incredibly personal, so there is both an ethical and legal obligation to keep consumer health information safe and secure. And rightfully so, it's no longer a matter of if you'll be hacked, but when — and how quickly you can detect and contain it.

Since ensuring the protection of healthcare information is the responsibility of the entire organization, not just an individual or team, our clients often ask for advice on how to ensure safe guards are in place. We’ve found that too many of today’s security and privacy conversations are based on an abundance of fear, uncertainty and doubt. We created this eBook to provide some clarity and address two truths and a lie about health data security:

Truth #1: You Will Be Hacked

In the digital world we live in, it is no longer a matter of if you will be hacked, but when and how quickly you can detect and contain it.

Truth #2: Being HIPAA Compliant is Not Enough

The HIPAA and HITECH acts establish minimum requirements for compliance — but are these regulations enough to protect consumer data?

Lie: Healthcare Data Should be Deleted to be Protected

Simply deleting personal data from view has a big impact on health care providers and organizations.

It’s no secret that the financial implications of a data breach in healthcare are significant. In 2018, the average total cost for a breached U.S. healthcare organization was $3.86 million, up 6.4% from 2017, according to a study from IBM and Ponemon. Healthcare organizations have the highest costs associated with data breaches - more than three times other industries at $408 per stolen record. Furthermore, only 20% of Americans completely trust organizations to maintain the privacy of their data, and more than two-thirds believe that existing laws do not provide adequate protection online.

I believe we can all be good stewards of personal healthcare information by understanding the risks, following protocols and upholding the highest standards of data security and protection. 

We summarized our tips in this new eBook to help you take the right steps to avoid fire drills. Fill out the form to download it and get started.