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Personal-health data is being breached at 90 percent of industries, research finds

When we think of our personal health data being stolen, usually thoughts go to a hospital or insurance company data breach.  According to a recent report by The Atlantic (12/17, Waddell), this is far from the case.  In fact, a research report by Verizon’s business division indicates that 90 percent of industries, from construction to mining to finance, have experienced breaches of personal health information. 

While these industries may not keep extensive health records on employees, many do maintain records that relate to wellness, employee benefits, and worker’s compensation claims.  Within these records is a myriad of personal health and identity data that can be exploited by thieves.   These aren’t often the grand hacking operations that you hear about on the news, but rather the result of a careless loss of sensitive equipment or even proliferated by an insider of the organization.

Even as some companies begin to take notice and work towards safeguarding this information, damage to both the individuals and the healthcare system has resulted from the breaches.  Studies show that patients who don’t have confidence in the security of their information may not be as forthcoming with their healthcare providers.  This could create barriers to effective treatment and even life-saving diagnoses.

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Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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