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11 Data Security Tips For Healthcare Organizations In 2013

Insider negligence is the root cause
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It's that time of year when everyone wants to be healthier. Eat better. Lose weight. Manage stress. Save money. These rank as peoples' top New Year's resolutions. The same holds true for healthcare organizations nationwide. They want and need to protect against the organizational and financial stresses of data breaches--which have become an everyday disaster--according to a recent report issued by Ponemon Institute. The Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Securityreports that data breaches in healthcare are growing; insider negligence is the root cause; and mobile devices pose threats to patients' protected health information (PHI).

Despite the fact that 94percent of healthcare organizations surveyed suffered data breaches, data breaches don't have to be disastrous if organizations take steps to operationalize pre-breach and post-breach processes to better protect patient data and minimize breach impact. Here are 11 tips for a healthier organization--meant to be kept longer than peoples' typical New Year's

resolutions: