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Encrypt PHI and apply persistent security policies to stop healthcare data breachesToday, nobody argues that the healthcare industry is a gold mine for the bad guys and theft of protected health information is becoming a regular event. The “Verizon 2015 Protected Health Information Data Breach Report,” indicated that 90 percent of industries in the medical and health care arena have experienced a PHI breach and with all the reports in the media, it is clear to everyone that the situation has reached a critical point.

In 2015, we witnessed numerous health insurers and hospital systems fall victim to data breaches. While Anthem and Premera were just some of the bigger names making regular headlines last year, attacks were seen to reach even physicians’ offices.  Just recently Centene Corporation and IU Health Arnett lost hard drives that compromised almost 1,000,000 people.

Will Healthcare Data Breaches Increase In 2016?
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Will Healthcare Data Breaches Increase in 2016?A recent article in Forbes addresses the massive healthcare data breaches in 2015 where over 112 million records were lost, stolen or inappropriately accessed.  The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) under the department of Health and Human Services publishes these data breaches as reported to it and required by HIPAA.  The numbers are a bit staggering.  The top ten data breaches accounted for the majority of the violations and most of the headlines focused on hackers.

While hackers breaking into systems make the headlines, there are also a large number of data breaches as a result of negligence, lost or stolen devices and basic human error.  A data breach study from 2015 estimates that breaches cost the healthcare industry about $5.6 billion annually.  While companies like Anthem may have insurance against this type of loss, you can bet those premiums are passed along to consumers through rising healthcare insurance and other increases.