Data breaches top of mind for IT decision makers
Preventing patient data breaches is cited as the number one priority for healthcare IT decision makers, but work remains for complying with security regulations, according to a national survey that examines IT trends in healthcare.
The 2010 Healthcare IT Survey, a poll of 600 decision-makers across hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, was conducted via Zoomerang, an online survey services provider, for Lexington, Mass.-based Imprivata, which develops enterprise authentication and access management solutions.
According to the survey, 80 percent of respondents say securing patient information from unauthorized access and data breaches is a top priority, and 76 percent claim breach of confidential information or unauthorized access to clinical applications as their greatest security concerns – so much so that 97 percent say that HIPAA and HITECH Act regulations are driving their organization's purchasing decisions. Seventy-four percent, meanwhile, say their organization will spend more on security in 2010 than it did in 2009.