Healthcare Information at Risk - Encryption is Not a Panacea

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Executive Summary

Moving to electronic patient records will greatly contribute to improving the quality and reducing the cost of patient care. However the frequency of breaches has reached a level that threatens to impede or derail this migration. This document discusses encryption, presenting its key role as a safeguard of sensitive information, while also recognizing its vulnerabilities and the residual risk after encryption to healthcare organizations. Robust hardware enabled security such as that provided by Intel AES-NI and Intel SSDs helps reduce the risk of breaches without significantly impacting system performance.

Co-Sponsored by: Intel

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