Data Theft


As Patients’ Records Go Digital, Theft And Hacking Problems Grow

By David Schultz, Kaiser Health News

As more doctors and hospitals go digital with medical records, the size and frequency of data breaches are alarming privacy advocates and public health officials.

Three of the ten largest health data breaches have occurred in California. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources started tracking the break-ins in 2009.

Keeping records secure is a challenge that doctors, public health officials and federal regulators are just beginning to grasp. And, as two recent incidents at Howard University Hospital show, inadequate data security can affect huge numbers of people. Continue reading