Skip to content

Too Big for Their Breeches: Health Information Privacy and Security

September 10, 2011

The security of your health information is protected by numerous federal laws, including HIPAA and HITECH. These laws generally require organizations that possess your health information to take certain steps to protect it: policies, physical security, training and education for employees, and so forth. Even so, a recent article reported that over 70% of organizations experienced some kind of inappropriate disclosure of this protected information last year.

One of the more incredible examples of this kind of disclosure is a recent event at Stanford University Hospital. Apparently, somebody with access to hospital records uploaded a spreadsheet full of sensitive patient information to a website that offers homework help to students. This article, Stanford Hospital Breech Exposes 20,000 ER Records, can be viewed at informationweek.com. This situation underscores the difficulty of maintaining security over sensitive data, and the article discusses several important aspects of that difficulty. The article merits the few minutes it will take to read it, if only to become a little more familiar with issues related to health privacy and security. 

Advertisements

From → Uncategorized

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: