Sunday, February 27, 2011

Privacy and Security in Health Care: A Fresh Look (Deloitte)

"Privacy and security is a significant challenge for every health care organization and a concern for every U.S. citizen. The move toward an entirely automated health care system featuring electronic and personal health records, clinical data warehousing, and increased transparency means more data is at risk and suggests an urgent review of industry privacy and security safeguards.

The potential liability for data breaches is significant and increasing. Stakeholders must act now to prevent compromising sensitive patient data, preserve brand value, and avoid substantial financial penalties for violations.

This Issue Brief from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (DCHS):
    • Provides an update about current and emergent privacy and security challenges in health care;
    • Examines notable hot spots where current policies, rules, and regulations are a focus of industry risk;
    • Reviews the state of preparedness for privacy and security risk throughout the industry;
    • Suggests an approach to assessing an organization's current preparedness."

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