BEAVERTON, Ore., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Whenever there is a security breach of any size involving protected health information (PHI), the healthcare industry is now required under the HITECH Act to complete an incident-specific risk assessment. ID Experts®, the leader in comprehensive data breach solutions that deliver the most positive outcomes, today announced RADAR—Risk Assessment Documentation and Reporting—the industry's first expert software tool to measure an incident's risk index (IRI) by combining the severity of the episode and the sensitivity of the exposed data to quantify the incident's overall harm threshold. Designed for healthcare providers, HIPAA covered entities, and their business associates, RADAR was developed to efficiently and consistently meet all of the requirements for complying with the HITECH Act data breach notification provisions for security and privacy breach incident harm threshold assessment, documentation and reporting.
Security breaches are now commonplace in healthcare; more than 55 were reported to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the first six months of 2010. In fact, healthcare is the second most breached industry, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. And security breaches, whether digital- or paper-based, can happen at any given moment—physical theft of a laptop from an employee's car, deliberate abuse of system access, misdirected faxes and emails, malware attacks, unintentional human error, unauthorized access, a lost backup drive. Additionally, the future of healthcare dictates the use of electronic medical records, raising fresh concerns of protecting patient privacy, PHI threats and medical identity theft.
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