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Harboring DataInformation Security, Law, and the Corporation$
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Andrea M. Matwyshyn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760089

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760089.001.0001

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Information Security of Health Data

Information Security of Health Data

Electronic Health Information Security and Privacy

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Harboring Data

Sharona Hoffman

Andy Podgurski

Stanford University Press

This chapter analyzes electronic health data security vulnerabilities and the legal framework that has been established to address them. It describes the wide-ranging threats to health information security and the harms that security breaches can produce. Some of the threats arise from sources that are internal to organizations, including irresponsible or malicious employees, while other threats are external, such as hackers and data miners. The harms associated with improper disclosure of private medical data can include medical identity theft, blackmail, public humiliation, medical mistakes, discrimination, and loss of financial, employment, and other opportunities. The chapter also discusses federal laws, state laws, and common-law causes of action that address patient privacy rights and health information security. Finally, it offers recommendations for improving safeguards for electronically processed health records.

Keywords:   data security, health data, health information security, electronic data, security breaches, patient privacy, medical data, hackers, data miners

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