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Small health organizations not prepared to secure data, survey finds

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 12, 2012

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More than 90% of small health care organizations have experienced a data breach, but only 30% said they had adequate resources to make sure privacy and security requirements are met, according to a survey by Ponemon Institute, a health data consultant.

For the study "Data Security in Small Healthcare Organizations," published Feb. 16, Ponemon surveyed 708 organizations with 250 or fewer employees and found that many are not placing enough emphasis on meeting security requirements. Just 31% said organization owners and managers view privacy and security as a top priority. Thirty-five percent said no one in the organization has overall responsibility for protecting patient data, and 48% said negligent employees with access to data were the biggest threat.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/03/12/bibf0312.htm.

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