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Healthcare organizations have rich repositories of patient information and it is imperative that this data must be protected from both accidental and intentional disclosure. Gartner Research estimated more than 1 million cases of medical identity theft occurred in 2008 alone, and these numbers are likely to grow. With estimates suggesting that breaches cost companies $202 per compromised patient record in 2008, the costs of even a small data loss incident can quickly escalate into the millions.
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