47% of IT Professional Believe Personal Healthcare Information is Less Secure

April 7, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA —April XX, 2010 –  47% of IT professionals believe their personal healthcare information is less secure than it was 12 months ago according to a recent survey by nCircle, the leading provider of automated security and compliance auditing solutions. .

The online survey of 257 security professionals was conducted between February 4 and March 12, 2010, and covered a range of security topics including smartphones, healthcare, cloud computing and social media.

Other key healthcare security findings include:

  • 47% think their personal health information is less secure than it was 12 months ago
  • 28% believe their personal health information is more secure now than 12 months ago
  • 26% believe there has been no change in the security of their personal health information.

According to Alex Quilter, Senior Product Line Manager for nCircle, “The Healthcare Reform Act is expected to intensify the already huge push for electronic health records and many IT professionals and consumers feel their personal health information is less secure than ever.  This may be the result of healthcare organization’s focus on patient care ahead of patient privacy.  This prioritization is correct but should not come at the expense of patient privacy.  The erosion of privacy and security in healthcare is compounded by the complex network of business partners that require access to patient data as part of the healthcare supply chain.”