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More Money Spent on IT Security

According to the 2010 HIMSS Security Survey, with responses from 272 healthcare IT and security professionals, hospitals and medical practices are spending more on information technology (IT) security but still spend less on average than companies in other industries. The results of the third annual survey were reported on and included other interesting facts:

  • Hospitals are more likely to have a formally-titled IT security officer compared to the typical medical practice, which often outsource this entirely
  • Two-thirds of respondents have a formal plan for investigating security breaches
  • Hospitals say they are more likely to adopt future security technologies than their medical practice counterparts
  • One-third of respondents reported at least one known case of medical identity theft

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