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Are Biometrics the Future of HIPAA Security?

Are Biometrics the Future of HIPAA Security?

Medical electronic health records, or EHRs for short, may have the potential to be much more secure than conventional records. That sounds like a bold claim in light of news about data breaches involving personal information.

In fact, according to a report from the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout, the number of tracked data breaches in the United States in 2016 hit an all-time high of 1,093.

And still, more than 78% of doctors use EHRs, says the CDC.

For medical professionals and the healthcare industry as a whole, keeping sensitive data secure and adhering to HIPAA regulations is a top priority. After all, EHRs can include years of personal information, financial data and even personal identifiers like addresses, phone numbers and more.

The good news is that innovations in biometric security offer physicians a possible glimpse into the future of HIPAA security. Let’s take a look at three next-generation security examples…

 

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