We’ve discovered what happens to ePHI when it’s stolen, why ePHI is valuable yet vulnerable to cyber criminals, and found that paper medical records are not as safe as electronic records. In this last installment, we’ll look at what’s in store for the future of ePHI.
The Future of ePHI
While the progress is slow, it appears more hospitals are using ePHI and beginning to catch up with the technological needs to protect it.
In 2017 the American Medical Informatics Association released a report using information from an American Hospital Association survey about hospital information technology. They measured "basic" and "comprehensive" EHR adoption among U.S. hospitals and found that 80.5% of hospitals had at least a basic EHR system.
Data breaches in the U.S. healthcare field cost around $6 billion annually. Even though the latest IBM Security/Ponemon Institute study found that in the United States, healthcare data breach costs are higher than any other industry sector, the average cost per record is decreasing. The average data breach cost per record in the healthcare industry was $380 in 2017, down from $402 the year before.