HIPAA Training and Data Breaches: Are You Protected?

In November 2018, 3,230,063 health care records were exposed, stolen or disclosed without permission, according to the HIPAA Journal. Despite efforts to protect medical records and make sure employees understand what can and cannot be disclosed, breaches continue to occur.

Despite an emphasis on cybersecurity, November 2018 was not only the worst month of the year but the second consecutive month there was an increase in breaches and record exposures.

These are alarming statistics. In the first half of 2018, there were fewer exposures in total than in just November alone. Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was made into law in 1996, patients were assured this would protect the privacy of their medical records and ensure the confidentiality of their medical information. Even though electronic medical records were being used in the 1970s, it was the common use of computers in the 1990s that made electronic medical records widespread.

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