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Preventing Data Loss in Healthcare Organizations: Protect Your Patient Data Against Accidental or Intentional Data Breaches

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Executive Summary

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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