HITECH 3 Years Later

Kaufman Rossin & Co recently authored a white paper examining the effectiveness of the HITECH Act: “HITECH Act Three Years Later – Are Health Records Safe?

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, was signed into law on February 17, 2009, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology and addresses the privacy and security concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information, in part, through several provisions that strengthen the civil and criminal enforcement of the HIPAA rules.

So, has HITECH improved the security of health data? As of December 31, 2011, 407 data breach incidents affecting over 19 million individuals were reported on the Department of Health and Human Services website. During 2010 and 2011, 53% of the breaches were the result of theft; of the computer-specific breaches, 71% are attributed to theft. It is clear from this data that many of these breaches could have been avoided.

This white paper reviews those posted breaches to help healthcare organizations better develop their own risk assessments. You can download the report here. Learn how Absolute Software can help with your healthcare endpoint security and management needs here.