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The Poneman Institute just released the results of a survey that polled IT managers at health delivery organizations in regards to patient data security. It certainly was a sobering summary of some very grave issues that will impact the industry as it transfers medical records from paper-based systems to digitized medical records.

The Poneman Institute just released the results of a survey that polled IT managers at health delivery organizations in regards to patient data security. It certainly was a sobering summary of some very grave issues that will impact the industry as it transfers medical records from paper-based systems to digitized medical records.

Information Week summed up the highlights well:

The survey found that breaches are commonplace, with 38% of respondents saying they have had a breach involving data in a development and test environment, and 12% saying they are unsure if they have had a breach or not.

Additionally, the consequences of a breach are high, with 59% of those experiencing breaches saying they consequently experienced disruption of operations, 56% faced regulatory action, and 36% suffered reputation loss.

The study found that outsourcing development and test activities and/or using cloud computing resources introduce additional risk factors, which often prevent healthcare organizations from turning to these potentially advantageous resources. Security concerns cause 40% not to outsource, while 19% are confident or very confident about security in a cloud environment.

The study also reported that the healthcare industry is disillusioned with data-protection goals. Meeting privacy and data protection requirements in the healthcare services industry is important to 74%, but only 35% say they believe their company is successful in achieving this goal.

The survey was sponsored by Informatica in an effort to drive awareness of data masking as a solution for safe-guarding patient information. This is an excellent step in the right direction, as we have been making the case for data masking as the ideal answer to healthcare data protection. However, one important factor companies need to be mindful of when it comes to considering a data masking solution is that the product they invest in actually suits their needs.

DMsuite is chosen by mid and large-scale enterprises, particularly in the financial services and healthcare sectors, because it allows you to mask data quickly, no programming required!   You don't want to invest in a solution that requires you to change the way you do business, but rather one that enhances and complements your strategy. So as you weigh data masking options, be sure to choose a product that truly benefits and secures your sensitive data.