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• Five states require patients be notified if their health information is breached.
A Ponemon Institute study found patient data losses at health care organizations increased by 32 percent in 2011 compared to 2010.
Health information technology potentially can improve the quality of health care and lower the cost of providing it. Patient and health care provider concerns about privacy and security, however, may present barriers to widespread adoption of health information technology. Health data privacy and security laws and regulations also can be barriers to adoption, if, for example, they are poorly understood or create concerns about liability.
The widespread adoption of electronic health records is seen as a way to reduce administrative costs, improve patient adherence to treatment regimens and reduce costly medical errors. In addition, software tools and data analytics also can help health care providers make better decisions, identify and enhance clinical best practices, and reduce fraud.
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