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Healthcare IT Security Worse Than Retail, Study Says
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ANON1243418786338
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ANON1243418786338,
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5/28/2014 | 10:03:59 AM
Why ever store credit card numbers?
When I hear about credit card information being at risk at retailers, etc, I wonder why retailers ever store credit card numbers. Once they have an approval from the credit card company they no longer need the card number.
Alison_Diana
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5/28/2014 | 9:08:09 AM
Re: healthcare security
Personally I find it absolutely terrifying. There are, however, a few glimmers of hope here.
  • One, as Stephen stressed throughout the conversation, this is an average and some healthcare providers are better than others. Several (including some I've interviewed for InformationWeek) integrate security into everything they do. 
  • Patients are getting more access into their records, giving us the opportunity (if not responsibility) to review them for accuracy. Of course, we've seen this work with varying results in the financial sector; it's challenging to get your credit report fixed sometimes. I cannot imagine how easy it will be to get your EHR amended if it's wrong due to an inaccuracy for your treatment or due to hacking/misuse of your data by another.
  • These increased penalties should make all healthcare providers, large and small, more aware and concerned about breaches and security. However, you can beat companies over the head with examples like Target, eBay, Michael's, TJMaxx, and more and they still make simply fixable errors, so I don't know how much weight this argument carries until an organization itself gets hit. Then everyone within THAT organization definitely cares. But does their competitor? I don't know.
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Ariella,
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5/28/2014 | 8:43:27 AM
healthcare security
Not very reassuring. It's a problem that really needs to be addressed.
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