Two new audits have been released by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General’s Office which uncovers deficiencies in digital security.
The report highlights failing protect patients’ electronic information, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The report also found problems with digital security, according to ModernHealthcare.com
Seven hospitals were audited in the following states: California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York and Texas. In total 151 vulnerabilities were found. Most notably, security was lacking in IT department functions which encrypt patient records.
By 2015, a framework will be developed to ensure that none of the glaring security holes will be left open.
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