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HIMSS Security Survey: Greatest Threat From Healthcare Insiders

The HIMSS survey of 283 IT and security professionals says the biggest concern is healthcare workers looking into electronic health records.

Ahead of next week's HIMSS conference for the healthcare information management industry, HIMSS reports that, despite despite progress toward secure patient information within hospitals and physician practices, more work must be done to mitigate internal security breaches and medical identity theft.

The HIMSS Security Survey profiles the data security experiences of 283 IT and security professionals. The greatest perceived "threat motivator" is that of healthcare workers snooping into the electronic health information of friends, neighbors, spouses, or co-workers (i.e., inappropriate data access).

The infographic below summarizes some of the key concerns.

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Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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2/20/2014 | 3:08:09 AM
Re: that 7%?
By audit logs, does that mean they collect the keystrokes of individuals who are authorized to use the system? If that's the case, if someone made an inappropriate access, couldn't they prove it by looking at the audit logs? And, if so, why not mandate that the other 7% are required to use a similar check, too?
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Laurianne,
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2/19/2014 | 2:44:33 PM
that 7%?
93% collect and analyze data from audit logs. What are the 7% of orgs that don't? This just seems mandatory in healthcare.
Healthcare Data Breaches Cost More Than You Think
Healthcare Data Breaches Cost More Than You Think
Healthcare providers just don't get it. They refuse to see the need to fully secure their protected health information from unauthorized users -- and from authorized users who abuse their access privileges. As a result, they don't allocate enough budgetary resources for securing medical data.
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