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Differences Between Small and Large Healthcare Organizations on Security

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

A recent survey of healthcare providers by Software Advice provides insights into healthcare data breaches, their root causes, and the different security practices at small and large healthcare providers.

The survey was conducted on 130 small practices with 5 or fewer licensed providers and 129 large practices with six or more providers to understand the security issues they face and the measures each group has taken to protect against cyberattacks and data breaches. Across both groups of healthcare providers, more than half store more than 90% of patient data digitally, such as patient records, medical histories, and billing records. While digital records are more efficient, there is a risk that hackers will be able to gain access to patient information.

Hackers tend to target...

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