26% of providers say breach in past year

About one-quarter of healthcare respondents reported that their organization has experienced a security breach in the past year, according to new survey results from the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) in Chicago.

An internal breach of security continues to be the primary concern raised with regard to the security of electronic medical information.

Slightly more than one quarter of respondents (26%) noted that their organization has experienced a security breach in the past 12 months. This is similar to the 23% of respondents who noted this situation to be the case in 2010, according to the 22nd Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey. (The full survey report is available online at http://tinyurl.com/3ecjd8m.)

For the past several years, an internal breach of security has been identified as a primary concern regarding the security of electronic medical information among survey respondents, the report says. This ranking was also the case in this year's survey, when it was identified by 36% of respondents.

Another one-third of respondents (30%) reported that compliance with HIPAA security regulations/CMS security audits was a primary concern with regard to the security of electronic medical information. Rounding out the top three is inadequate funding/support for the security process, which was selected by 17% of respondents respectively. These were also top concerns identified in last year's study.

Only 4% of respondents indicated that they don't have any concerns about the security of electronic medical information at their organization, identical to what was reported in the 2010 survey. Respondents were least likely to report that lack of compliance with a business associate agreement was a primary security concern, identified by 3% of respondents.