PORTLAND, Ore. - January 5, 2011 - What are the top security and
privacy issues facing the healthcare industry in 2011? A panel of
healthcare experts representing privacy, trends, technology,
regulatory, data breach, and governance were asked to weigh in with
their forecasts for 2011. These experts suggest that as health
information exchanges take form, millions of patient records-soon to
be available as digital files-will lead to potential unauthorized
access, violation of new data breach laws and, more importantly,
exposure to the threat of medical and financial identity theft.
These predictions are supported by the recent Ponemon Institute's
Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, published
November 2010, which found that data breaches of patient information
cost the healthcare industry $6 billion annually; protecting patient
data is a low priority for hospitals; and the healthcare industry lags
behind the recently enacted HITECH laws.
The top predictions for 2011 include: