16 Mar 2012

Health care systems may need increased security

With patient records increasingly moving online, the release of a report through the PHI Project called The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security said health care organizations have a new method to evaluate how at risk information is online. This is a great internet security move for these healthcare companies.

"No organization can afford to ignore the potential consequences of a data breach," said Rick Kam, president and co-founder of ID Experts, and chair of the PHI Project. "We assembled this working group to drive a meaningful dialogue on appropriate levels of investment to better protect healthcare organizations and PHI."

Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, said that healthcare is one of the most breached industries and said there isn't currently sufficient security and privacy budgets. The new report by the PHI Project should help let hospitals understand new ways to guard valuable records and other information online.

Businesses, including those in the healthcare business, need to make sure their computers are and servers have great internet security set up. This becomes especially important as more patient records end up online.