Sunday, January 29, 2006

Interesting Perspective on Electronic Health Record Storage

The Healthcare IT Guy, has a thought provoking post, "$10K vs. Patient Data Backup Tapes," discussing the need for businesses and health care providers to become more aware of how they handle and protect (or fail to protect) confidential business and health care information, including customer, patient and financial data.

Due to the shift occuring from a traditional paper based world to an electronic storage (often very mobile storage) based world we continue to see an increase in data being lost, stolen or otherwise compromised requiring businesses and health care providers to report and publicize such data disasters. The recent $10M fine by the FTC against Choicepoint should make business and industry to take note of the potential exposure, financially or otherwise, that can accompany a breach of data.

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