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One in Eight People Suffered from Healthcare Breach

One in Eight People Suffered from Healthcare Breach

One in eight consumers in England and Wales has had their private medical information stolen.

According to a survey of 1,000 people in England, 78% think healthcare providers should be responsible for protecting this information, while only 40% (or 4%?) believe they are responsible themselves.

A separate survey involving 7,580 people carried out by Accenture revealed that more than half of data breaches in England concerned medical identity theft, and that those who experienced a breach lost an average of £172 as a result.

Managing director at Accenture’s UK Health, Aimee Chapple, said: “Patients must remain more vigilant than ever in keeping track of personal information, including credit card statements and health records, which could alert them to breaches.

“Similarly, health organisations must monitor patient information more carefully and remain transparent with those affected in the event of a breach to swiftly resolve the issue without losing consumers to competitors.”

She added: “The time to assure consumers that their personal data is in secure, capable hands is now. When a breach occurs, healthcare payers and providers should be able to swiftly notify those affected, with a plan of action on how to remedy the situation and prevent it from happening again.”

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