One in five healthcare pros have experienced patient data breaches

According to a recent University of Phoenix College of Health Professions online survey of 504 registered nurses and administrative staff, only a quarter of registered nurses have seen changes in the way their companies handle data security and patient privacy over the past year, despite increased data breaches across all industries.

The survey found that 20 percent of registered nurses (RNs) and 19 percent of administrative staff indicated that their facilities have experienced a breach of private patient data.

However, there appears to be a disconnect between breaches and level of confidence, with 48 percent of RNs and 57 percent of administrative staff noting they are “very confident” in their facility’s ability to protect patient data against potential theft. When asked where they have seen the most changes occur in the industry over the last year, including quality of care, safety, digital health records and prevention and population health, only 25 percent of RNs and 40 percent of administrative staff cite data security and privacy.

Read more about the findings of the University of Phoenix College of Health Professions online survey on Help Net Security.


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