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New Deloitte Report Examines Potential Risks of Privacy and Security Breaches of Personal Health Data

WASHINGTON Feb. 21, 2011 "Privacy and Security in Health Care: A Fresh Look,"

Paul Keckley

The Deloitte report identifies some of the reasons why preparedness for privacy and security risk is inadequate at some health care organizations, including lack of internal resources (human resources and capital); lack of internal control over patient information; lack of upper management support; outdated policies and procedures or non-adherence to existing ones; and inadequate personnel training.

Russ Rudish

Privacy and security regulations have historically focused on internal security processes, however in the new normal, culpability has been expanded to downstream entities. As health care delivery transitions to performance-based compensation, increased transparency, and increased use of EHRs and personal health records (PHRs), new privacy and security rules, regulations, laws and standards will be added in each sector. To address the challenge of protecting against potential privacy and security breaches in the new era of health reform, Deloitte’s report outlines a basic approach for health care industry stakeholders to assess their current preparedness across three key areas:

  • Risk Management
  • Security and Privacy Program
  • Compliance

Reflecting the importance of safeguarding consumers’ personal health information, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2010 Consumer Survey found that while more than half (57 percent) of consumers want access to an online PHR connected to their doctor’s office, one-third (33 percent) are concerned about privacy and security of an online PHR.

"Healthcare industry stakeholders should act now to prevent compromising sensitive patient data, preserve brand value and avoid substantial financial penalties for violations," concluded Keckley. "By building in technology to prevent, monitor and remedy data breaches and setting aside operating funds to implement safeguards, the health care industry can confront and contain this growing challenge while also addressing the needs of their patients to help improve the quality of care."

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