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One in Five Healthcare Professionals Have Experienced Patient Data Breaches, Study Finds

Posted on January 11, 2018

Here’s some more bad news on personal data security: a recent University of Phoenix College of Health Professions online survey found that 20 percent of registered nurses (RNs) and 19 percent of administrative staff indicated that their facilities have experienced a breach of private patient data.

That’s right, one in five of these professionals report that patient data had been breached at their healthcare facilities.

What’s worse, not much is being done about it, apparently: Only a quarter of registered nurses surveyed have seen changes in the way their companies handle data security and patient privacy over the past year, despite increased data breaches across all industries.

The healthcare industry continues to be one of the highest targeted by cybercriminals, due to its heavy reliance on technology and vast amount of available patient data.

The Identity Theft Resource Center notes that, as of November 2017, there have been nearly 5 million data breaches in the medical/healthcare industry.

According to the IBM’s 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study, healthcare is the most costly industry for data breaches, with organizations spending an average of $380 per impacted record, costing the industry approximately $1.9 billion.

The potential cost of these breaches to individuals could be equally high. Clearly, more needs to be done to secure our most private data.