PORTLAND, Ore.—Healthcare CIOs implementing—or managing—mobile platforms or electronic health record systems beware. ID Experts’ survey of healthcare law, privacy, security, regulatory and data breach experts asked to forecast 2012 healthcare data trends has turned up some troubling insights.
ID Experts’ predictions for 2012 are indeed dire: If the right actions are not taken, healthcare data breaches will reach epidemic proportions this year.
Keep in mind, however, that the survey is put together by ID Experts—which provides data security software—with insight from the Ponemon Institute’s 2011 Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security. Ponemon provides not only research, but also data protection and privacy consulting services.
According to ID Experts, 2011 was the year when most physicians—81 percent according to a separate study—had some form of mobile device. It’s also when healthcare became one of the most-breached industries (according to Ponemon’s 2011 study), and when the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) “cracked the whip’ with investigations and multi-million-dollar finds for organizations that didn’t meet their patient privacy obligations."
2012, according to ID Expert’s Top Eleven Predictions promises an even bumpier road: