Delayed Compliance with New Regulations Has
Increased Data Breaches and Medical Identity
Theft in U.S. Hospitals
National survey shows 85 percent of hospitals are not compliant with the HITECH Act; 41.5 percent have 10
or more breaches annually; and possible ID fraud going uninvestigated
April 20, 2010 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Identity Force today released its Spring 2010
National Survey of Hospital Compliance Executives. More than 200 compliance executives from AHA member
hospitals in 43 states indicated data breaches and medical identity theft continue to grow despite new regulations like
the Red Flag Rules and the HITECH Act, designed to protect against the theft and loss of personal information.
“It turns out that addressing the problems of data breaches and medical identity theft is proving more complex and
time-consuming than hospitals counted on. It’s interesting that many compliance experts now call into question
whether or not even the new Healthcare Reform Law will ultimately help on these issues,” said Steven Bearak, CEO
of Identity Force. “We are simply copying, digitizing and disseminating personal information faster than we can
Click here for a copy of the Identity Force hospital compliance report or visit www.identityforce.com/Press.php.
Highlights of the survey:
PROBLEMS ARE WORSENING DESPITE MAJOR REGULATORY EFFORTS
41.5% of hospitals have TEN OR MORE data breaches each year – a 120.7% increase over last year’s survey.
Currently, over 20% percent of hospitals have twenty or more breaches annually.
INSIDERS NOT OPTIMISTIC HEALTHCARE REFORM WILL HELP
56.3% of hospital compliance officers believe that the new health care reform law will either have no change or will
increase medical identity theft at their institutions.
INVESTIGATION OF FRAUD IS SURPRISINGLY LOW
Despite the fact that medical identity theft is the fastest growing form of identity fraud, 71.4% of hospitals on average