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Protecting Information: The Most Effective Practices to Ensure Health Data Privacy

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The sheer level of transformation that information and communication technology has had on modern society over the past fifty years is really quite astounding. In the last few decades alone, we’ve witnessed game-changing innovations in the Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data, digital collaboration, and analytics, all of which have reshaped modern working practices across almost every conceivable industry.

As digital technologies continue to evolve and diversify so does the challenge of protecting the information that they contain. Nowhere is this need more blatant than in the healthcare industry, where data security is a central consideration for any organisation, no matter the size, and whose work involves the sanctity of protected health information (PHI). The prevalence of cybersecurity attacks in today’s healthcare industry is worrying; a total of 37 serious healthcare breach incidents were reported to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) or the media in the month of May 2017 alone.

When it comes to preventing the risk of unwarranted security breaches, the legal framework of data protection is laid out in both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). These guidelines require healthcare organisations to ensure that all relevant physical …

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