By Katie Wike, contributing writer
Aside from nosy employees and hacking, budget concerns top the list of provider worries when it comes to security.
“It’s estimated that the cost of data breaches in the healthcare industry could be as much as $5.6 billion annually … yes, billion with a ‘b.’ Combine this with government requirements for securing patient information, it’s no wonder that data security is no joke to top-level hospital decision-makers,” writes Peer60.
According to Fierce Health IT, only 12 percent of providers said they had no obstacles in achieving health data security, while others cited multiple hurdles.
“Providers recognize that they will have bumps in the road on the way to protecting patients’ healthcare data,” explains the report. “Lack of budget was the top reason providers listed that that limited their ability to protect healthcare data. Providers also said that employees lack of compliance with security policies. Both of these items were seen as issues for providers at all levels.”
Other key findings included: