Healthcare 2016-12-09T15:47:22+00:00

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The health care industry is comprised of hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, health insurance companies and more. In the United States, for example, some 600,000 establishments make up the this industry, mostly the offices of practitioners. Hospitals comprise about 1 percent of all of the health care entities, but employ roughly 35 percent of workers.

More and more, each of these organizations deals with sensitive digital patient data, which can range from names and Social Security numbers to fingerprints and patients’ conditions to diagnoses. According to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), “covered entities” and their business associates must safeguard this data, which is known in the law as electronic protected health information (ePHI).

Medical data is becoming more vulnerable by the day. Studies have found that more than nine out of 10 health care organizations have sustained a data breach over the past two years.

Organizations have been slow to identify the breaches, with the average time to detect almost 85 days. In addition, business associates — those third-party contractors that serve health care organizations — were responsible 58 percent of the time. And while many of these breaches are still due to human error, a vastly increasing number are malicious in nature, either caused by trusted insiders or external attackers.

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