Experts outline privacy gaps in healthcare data

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Healthcare experts recently announced that there are five common gaps in privacy that could cause major security breaches in the future.

Officials from Crowe Horwath LLP, which is one the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., said that even though new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules for security and privacy safeguards were extended, gaps still exist in in healthcare data.

They noted that safeguarding data from unauthorized individuals, monitoring key systems for inadequate logging, protect access control, developing business continuity management and creating strong vendor management functions are methods healthcare providers can use to protect their patients’ medical data.

“Each set has several safeguards, and each safeguard has one or more implementation specifications,” said Raj Chaudhary of Crowe Horwath. “Providers need to assess their controls and infrastructure against these standards in order to avoid penalties.”

Companies and healthcare providers are currently seeking professionals who have obtained health information management degrees to help fix these potential security risks in their systems. These individuals can help hospitals assess their control and infrastructure against the HIPAA standard to create safeguards and avoid penalties.