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6 Tips To Overcome PHI Security Obstacles

Industry experts presenting at the PHI Protection forum offer six tips
PORTLAND, Ore. - February 20, 2013 - Healthcare organizations' privacy programs are still understaffed and underfunded, even while millions of patients' protected health information (PHI) are compromised.

Securing PHI in healthcare is an obstacle, with 94% of healthcare organizations suffering data breaches in the past two years, according to the Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security. Organizations face new challenges with the recent release of the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule. At the upcoming forum, Turning PHI Security Into a Competitive Advantage, to be held March

12-13 in Boston, organizations will learn how to build, present, and defend a business case for PHI security. More than 20 industry experts will outline steps to protect against the organizational and financial repercussions of data breaches.

"The chaos in the healthcare ecosystem puts organizations in paralysis," said Catherine A. Allen, chairman and CEO, The Santa Fe Group and one of the workshop presenters. "In this time of uncertainty, it is doubly critical that healthcare organizations mount effective PHI security programs to avoid costly breaches that could damage their reputations, their financial stability, and their ability to compete effectively in a changing market."

How to Combat PHI Security Obstacles

For those responsible for managing privacy and data security at healthcare organizations, industry experts presenting at the PHI Protection forum, offer six tips to overcome PHI security obstacles:

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