Be Aware and Be Prepared: Data Breaches Pose Significant Risks to Both Covered Entities and Patients

AGG Partners Kevin Coy and H. Carol Saul authored an article titled “Be Aware and Be Prepared: Data Breaches Pose Significant Risks to Both Covered Entities and Patients,” in peer-reviewed journal Explore! (Volume 21, Number 1) published in February 2012. The article focuses on data breaches involving covered entities—such as health insurers, healthcare clearinghouses, and healthcare providers that engage in electronic transactions. A recent survey revealed that approximately 70 percent of healthcare providers responding had endured a data breach within the past year. Mr. Coy and Ms. Saul detail what constitutes a breach of protected health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules. They offer suggestions for minimizing the potential of data breaches and what an organization can do should a data breach occur.

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