Patients trust providers with personal information, even with cyber attacks — 6 observations

Although healthcare organizations have experienced severe cyber security issues, 74 percent of consumers still trust healthcare organizations with their personal information, based on a National Cyber Security Alliance survey, according to Healthcare IT News.

Here are six observations:

1. The NCSA still cautions that healthcare providers are extremely vulnerable to cyber attacks and need to take security measures.

2. The NCSA focused this year's Data Privacy Day, held on Jan. 28, on privacy, data safeguarding and trust."

3. People hold great trust in their providers and expect their information to receive protection, based on the TRUSTe/NCSA Consumer Privacy Index.

4. Experts suggest healthcare providers practice transparency when communicating with patients how their personal information is handled.

5. Healthcare providers should also consider implementing a culture of privacy, in which they often discuss how to enhance privacy and security measures.

6. Providers should consider how much data they possess, who has access to the data and where the data is stored.

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