Are Your Medical Records Safe?

Patient data losses are up nearly one third (32%) in 2011. While most medical practitioners have back up data that they can access for your care, more than half admit that they do not know where the patient information they lost is physically located. It could be on a stolen smartphone, iPad, laptop, or other electronic device, for example, that has not yet been found and may never be recovered.

To make matters worse, many healthcare organizations admit that they do not require security measures, such as passwords, on mobile devices.

As a patient, it is important to know that these potential security breaches could cause you harm if they fall into the wrong hands. If you are concerned about the privacy of your medical records then be sure to speak to your doctor about efforts to safeguard your private medical information.