What do the following healthcare organisations have in common? Blue Cross, Alive Hospice, Lab Corp, Minnesota DHS, Legacy Health, Unity Point Health, The Fetal Diagnostic Institute of the Pacific, Med Call, Blue Springs Family Care, Catawbe Valley Medical Center, Augusta University Hospital and Sunspire Health.
These US healthcare organizations are part of a growing group that, over the past 6 months, have suffered a data breach by individuals specifically targeting patients’ valuable personal and medical records. In these particular data breach incidents, over 2 million records were compromised.
Unfortunately, the true number of healthcare data breaches may be significantly higher than official figures suggest as breaches often go undetected for long periods. In fact, a significant number of individuals only learn of a healthcare-related breach as a result of identifying suspicious financial activities themselves – as opposed to an official notification. One reason that data breaches may be harder to detect is the fact that 58% of healthcare system breaches involve internal personnel who use their authorized credentials to perform the breach. This statistic makes Healthcare the leading industry sector for insider threats.
While hospitals continue to invest in their facilities, staff and the latest medical equipment, it is becoming painfully obvious that those in the Healthcare sector need to urgently review their network security strategy and invest in appropriate solutions and monitoring capabilities. Only then will they ensure their patient data is fully secure and they are compliant with the HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulatory compliance.
Read this case study to find out how this American hospital is successfully protecting their patient data and enhancing compliance with HIPAA.