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Encryption Shortfalls Plague Healthcare Industry
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Tina Stewart
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12/20/2012 | 1:35:36 AM
re: Encryption Shortfalls Plague Healthcare Industry
Ken, with an unprecedented volume of sensitive and regulated PHI and PII proliferating across data center, virtual, cloud and mobile environments, itGs not surprising that the new HIMSS MU Stage 2 rule prescribes that organizations "address" the encryption of data stored in their certified EHRs. Beyond compliance, encryption provides Safe Harbor from reporting data breaches, which can cost up to $200 per record plus fines and brand damage. For resources on using encryption in healthcare see: http://enterprise-encryption.v... @SocialTIS
PJS880
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12/24/2012 | 5:08:43 AM
re: Encryption Shortfalls Plague Healthcare Industry
A very simple fix of simply encrypting the data and another fine example of a easy security feature that is not utilized enough. Especially when you are talk ing about data as sensitive as a person's medical records. Those could be as potentially dangerous as your social security number, if one was to manipulate the prescription drug industry. It is obvious that they have done their research right down to finding the cost of what a potential loss could cost them. So they are aware are they currently doing anything to encrypt the data?

Paul Sprague
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12/26/2012 | 3:41:16 AM
re: Encryption Shortfalls Plague Healthcare Industry
Encryption will play an important part in securing patient education, but as the report states, alternatives such as physical controls, administrative controls, legal agreements and education for those in contact with PHI should also be implemented. ItGs not enough to simply encrypt data if there are still other vulnerabilities. Anyone that is looking to breach security and gather data will do so by the easiest entry.

Jay Simmons
Information Week Contributor
Ruby Raley
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1/2/2013 | 11:19:21 PM
re: Encryption Shortfalls Plague Healthcare Industry
HIPAA regulations have been ignored because some providers think the encryption is too complex. However, by implementing HIPAA regulations and conducting a security risk analysis (the latter being a key component of Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements), you will help to prevent hackers from leaking your organizationGs private information; empower your organization to run more efficiently; effectively manage your organizationGs internal and external information exchanges; monitor vulnerabilities; and avoid the financial liabilities of a data breach.

--Ruby Raley, Director of Healthcare Solutions, Axway


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