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Rapid adoption of mobile technologies brings new challenges to health care settings

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February 22, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Requirements
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A new Government Health IT survey found that only 56 percent of government health IT and security professionals believe their organizations are in full compliance with current security and privacy requirements, while 60 percent said they have a holistic security strategy in place.

While privacy and security of patient health information has long been a concern of government and the healthcare industry, the growing adoption of health IT and better reporting under the HITECH Act’s expansion of HIPAA privacy and security rules, has heightened security concerns.

Health data breaches in the U.S. increased 97 percent from 2010 to 2011, with an increasing concentration of protected health information (PHI) on unencrypted portable devices being one of the main culprits, according to a 2012 report on PHI Breach Analysis from Redspin, a provider of penetration testing services and IT security audits.

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