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Daily Digest: April 26, 2010
Archiving, E-Discovery, & Compliance

Delayed Compliance with New Regulations Has Increased Data Breaches and Medical Identity Theft in U.S. Hospitals
National survey shows 85 percent of hospitals are not compliant with the HITECH Act; 41.5 percent have 10 or more breaches annually; and possible ID fraud going uninvestigated
FRI Comment: The healthcare business is technologically unsophisticated in many ways. Data leak threats are widespread. In the US, litigation threats provide a further (valid) argument to avoid sharing electronic information. All the same, the benefits of shared electronic data for health care are overriding. The situation today, in which records are inaccessible, disorganized, often paper-based, and spread over many locations, is an absurdity and very bad for patients.

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Patriot Act Slows Hosted Email Adoption

For many organizations, the move to email as a service seems to be a good one. Email is difficult to manage and it consumes increasing amounts of expensive storage. Why not hand over all your email equipment to a reliable service provider?

One reason is the Patriot Act.

This recent blog in ITbusinessedge reveals some chilling news about the Patriot Act. Did you know that the federal government can access anyone’s email without needing a court order? The law itself is a little vague in some parts and Congress is right now working on refinements to its application.

There is no certainty when the Patriot Act will be modified; in the meantime, it is wise for any organization to keep all of its email secure behind the company firewall.

Many thanks to Iron Mountain's Bill Tolsen for raising this issue. For further discussion see his initial comments and comments on further legislation.

... Bob Spurzem. In addition to his role as Ferris analyst, Bob is director of product marketing at Permabit, which offers a grid–based disk storage system.


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