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Dentists, Doctors Putting Patients’ Private Information at Risk

November 20th, 2008 · No Comments

An article published today at says US patient security guidelines, even with HIPPA, are lax compared to Europe’s. Even so, digital devices such as PDAs, cell phones, and laptops are being used by medical professionals worldwide to store patient records, medical images, and other private information that shoud be secured. The article, “Patient Information Could Be Left To Haemorrhage From Mobile Devices, Survey Shows,” says that in the UK, one fifth of healthcare workers use personal electronic devices to store work-related information. Simple password protection, which 35% of UK respondents in the survey admitted to using, is not sufficient security. Six percent claimed to not even use a password, and in the US it’s worse, at 18 percent. The transatlantic survey that revealed this information was based on responses from one thousand healthcare employees. Check out the full article here, which features tips from Credant Technologies for securing information in electronic devices.

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