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Theft of Military Backup Tapes Affects 4.9 Million Medical Patients

Unsure about the severity of protecting and encrypting patient health information? Here’s some food for thought:

Backup tapes, containing electronic health records for 4.9 million patients, were recently stolen. From where? … Out of the back of someone’s car, as they were transporting these backup tapes from one facility to another.

This breach of information could potentially allow access to Social Security numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers, and some other personal health data that could, quite possibly, be on those tapes.

The below quote is taken from an article found on Government Information Security News website. It explains the importance for instilling backup and disaster recovery plans, which comply with HIPAA regulations, at businesses and organizations of all kinds.

“In general, it’s important for HIPAA covered entities to ensure that backup tapes are included in their risk analysis and risk management plan,” says Adam Green, a former official at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. “If encryption is not feasible, covered entities should focus on strong administrative and physical safeguards, such as clear procedures that ensure that backup tapes are locked up at all times.”

For more information about HIPAA, data security and compliance solutions, please leave a message below, or feel free to contact Brian Rosenfelt in Skoda Minotti’s Technology Partners by calling 440-449-6800.

Click here to read the rest of this article from the Government Information Security News website.

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