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5 ways to survive a hospital data breach

Posted Jul 31 2012 4:04pm

by Karen M. Cheung, FierceHealthcare

These days, many people aren't surprised to learn their data has been breached (it's that commonplace), but as consumers, we do expect that organizations will make up for it and do everything they can to protect our identity, privacy and money.

Things get particularly touchy when it involves our medical conditions and lists of our medications. And when that's the case "I'm sorry" doesn't cut it.

Even the biggest hospitals are the target of data breaches, as evidenced by Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's announcement last week that a stolen computer risked the information of nearly 4,000 people . The hospital is now doing some serious damage control to make sure it doesn't happen again.

In addition to possible damage to a hospital's reputation and patient security, data breaches can cost a healthcare organization $2.2 million and the U.S. $6.5 billion each year, according to the researcher Ponemon Institute.

So what can you do to make your hospital safe and how can you recover when it does happen? Read the full article at FierceHealthcare to find out.

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