Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information
Posted Mar 16 2012 12:00am
I believe we all realize that as the industry moves to electronic health records, patients' PHI is more susceptible to exposure. Last year, in an article on the cost of data breaches , I referenced the a project of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and 100 industry leaders who were tackling the big question what can healthcare organizations do to better protect patients' information?
It includes tools to estimate the overall potential costs of a data breach to an organization, and provides a methodology for determining an appropriate level of investment needed to strengthen privacy and security programs and reduce the probability of a breach. A detailed example of costing a PHI breach using the PHIve method is also provided.