Health Care IT: Securing Health Care Information: 10 Ways to Defend Against Data Breaches

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2012-08-14 Print this article Print
Implement Data-Leak Prevention

Implement Data-Leak Prevention

Since data breaches are costly and damaging to any organization's reputation, health care providers should implement data-leak prevention (DLP) measures to prevent unauthorized leaks of sensitive patient information, Justin Pirie, vice president of cloud strategy at email management firm Mimecast, told eWEEK. Health care providers need to consider deploying a DLP gateway to manage the flow of data in and out, he said. "By implementing a DLP gateway for email, you significantly reduce risks of patient email data leaking," said Pirie.
In health care, doctors and hospitals need to strike a balance between being able to access and share critical patient data while also keeping electronic health records secure. Data sharing is essential as doctors look to collaborate on patient care as part of accountable care organizations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. But as important as data sharing is, health care organizations are also under a mandate to prevent costly data breaches that plague the health care industry. Securing mobile devices, increasing data audits and using intrusion-protection software are some of the ways health care IT needs to invest in security, according to Judy Hanover, research director at IDC Health Insights. "You need your doctor to be able to access your records from a coffee shop, but we also need to ramp up the security," Michael Nusimow, CEO and co-founder of EHR company Drchrono, told eWEEK. In this slide show, IT industry experts suggest ways that health care providers can safeguard patient data while still maintaining the access that health care providers need.
Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company,, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents,, USA Weekend and, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.

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