A little over ten years ago, in 2008, less than half of healthcare organizations used electronic health records (EHRs). Now, thanks to the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH), it’s more surprising when an office-based physician does not have EHRs. While the adoption of electronic health records was necessary for American healthcare to keep up with the rest of the world and the rapidly changing technological landscape, it didn’t come without its downsides.
The number of security breaches has been rising steadily since the HITECH Act instituted harsher penalties for noncompliance with EHRs. In 2010, the number of data breaches in the healthcare industry topped that of the last six years combined. Whereas the healthcare industry chalked that up to the rapid adoption of EHRs, it’s clear now that wasn’t the whole story. With the latest data from 2018, we see that the reported incidents have still been increasing.
With the use of electronics and digital technology from smartphones to computers, cloud technology to metadata, the cybersecurity risks have never been higher. To know if your electronic personal health information (e-PHI) is safe and to learn about the top breaches in healthcare security, read on.