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PODCAST: What is Causing So Many Data Breaches? (Part 1)

October 2, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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The human element to blame says health IT consultant

As more healthcare providers digitize their data, breaches have become commonplace in an industry that lacks advanced security practices. Every week we’re seeing providers, payers, and government agencies, of all shapes and sizes, fall victim to a data breach. In the most recent issue of Healthcare Informatics Associate Editor Gabriel Perna wrote an industry-wide report that attempts to look at this growing issue in a larger scope and found that data breaches are costing the healthcare industry an average of $6.5 billion on an annual basis.  

To get a better look at why this is happening, where the issues lay, and what healthcare providers can do to stop their data from getting breached, Perna welcomes James Rountree, senior consultant at Aspen Advisors for a two-part podcast series. James has more than 10 years of healthcare technology expertise, including a stint as a consultant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In part one, James discusses how it’s the human error, more often than not, that is causing these breaches, and the process of learning data protection is not uniformly up to par across the board.      

James Rountree    

Stay tuned for part two.

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