BusinessCase for Quality
BusinessCase for Quality
Databreach is a significant security challenge that affects the majorityof modern hospitals. Data breach refers to unintentional orintentional exposure of confidential information to some insecureenvironment or individuals who cannot be trusted (U.S. Department ofHealth and Human Services, 2015). Data breach in the health caresector is mainly associated with the rapid adoption of electronichealth care records and an increase in the use of embedded devices(such as tablets) in hospitals. Data breach in hospitals is a serioussecurity challenge because it leads to the access of the patientinformation (such as the social security numbers) by cyber-criminals.These criminals use the information and the data that they get toaccomplish different types of crime, such as identity theft thatallow them to access health care services using the identity ofinnocent patients. It is estimated that about 29.3 million patientshave suffered from a data breach in the U.S. from 2009 to-date(McCann, 2014). The large number of patients who are affected by databreach indicates the severity of this security challenge.
Hospitalscan protect itself from the risk of data breach by using a standardencryption to secure all systems that are used to store or transmitdata within as well as outside the hospital. There are three majorreasons that should make hospitals consider and address the issue ofdata breach. First, data breach leads to heavy financial losses inthe form of fines. For example, the New York Presbyterian Hospitaland Columbia University Hospital were fined $ 4.8 million in 2014following incidents of data breaches that affected their clients(HHS, 2015). Suits made against hospitals and the negative effectsthat the breach has on patients destroys the image of the hospital,which puts its going concern at risk. Third, data breach breaks therelationship that the hospital has spent many years to build with itsclients. Once patients lose trust in the hospital, they will startshifting to the hospital’s competitors, which will affect thesurvival of the hospital in the short-term as well as in thelong-run.
Inconclusion, data breach is a serious security challenge that risksthe going concern of all hospitals. The challenge mainly affectshospitals that aspire to grow by adopting the latest technology toenhance their efficiency. However, the standard encryption of allsystems can secure patients’ data.
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