According to a recent Ponemon Institute study, data breaches in the healthcare industry have jumped by more than 30 percent, and could be costing the industry approximately $6.5 billion a year.

"The new Ponemon Institute '2011 Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security,' commissioned by IDExperts, found that employee error is one of the main reasons for data breaches in hospitals and healthcare providers," writes Dark Reading's Kelly Jackson Higgins. "Hospitals and healthcare providers suffered an average of four data breaches in the past year, according to the report."

"Among the top reasons for breaches: nearly half were stolen or lost computing or data devices, and 46 percent due to third-party provider mistakes," Higgins writes.

Go to "Healthcare Data In Critical Condition" to read the details.

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