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Personal Health Information : The fastest path to a secure cloud

by Will Corry on August 24, 2017 in Latest News, Lead Article, Lead story, News you can use, Nuggets, Research, Social Media

Personal Health Information (PHI) records and electronic PHIs (ePHIs) comprise our most confidential data, including demographic information, medical history, test and laboratory results and insurance information.

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Health care professionals utilize the PHI to identify the patient and determine appropriate care and treatment; insurers input financial data, and patients can access this information by request. Due to this highly sensitive combination of medical and financial data, these records have become a favorite target for hackers, as shown by the recent Premera and Anthem breaches.

As hackers become more sophisticated in their attacks, organizations must become increasingly vigilant in implementing HIPAA compliant standards to secure their data. Healthcare organizations currently use both on premise and cloud deployments to house their information. In fact, a recent survey of healthcare provider organizations indicates that 83% of IT executives report that they are currently using cloud services.

The areas with the most uptake include lab systems and email services; electronic health record and information exchanges (CHIs, EMRs, Telehealth, etc.), and Shadow IT – which is enlisting cloud-based services, but not via their IT departments.

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