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Healthcare Organizations Can No Longer Ignore Data Security

Written by  LEE BARRETT

If your healthcare organization did not prioritize cybersecurity before September’s announcement by Equifax that 145.5 million customer records had been breached, it likely does now. There have been larger breaches. (Yahoo had 3 billion records compromised.) The fact that a company that deals in data could not keep its own data secure sent shivers through the C-suites in most industries, particularly in healthcare. Data breaches have become almost routine among healthcare organizations, which never was the intent of HIPAA regulations. According to a 2016 study, 90 percent of healthcare organizations reported a data breach in the past two years. More alarming is the 45 percent that experienced more than five breaches during that time period. Overall these breaches cost organizations $6.2 billion. The frequency of healthcare data breaches, ransomware attacks and hacking may help explain recent Increased enforcement efforts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights