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Anthem Was Right Not to Encrypt
The Health Care BlogLink to more items from this source
[Opinion]
Feb. 9, 2015
"[By] creating buzz around [the data encryption] issue, reporters are missing the real story: that multinational hacking forces are targeting large healthcare institutions. Most lay people ... presume that encrypted records are always more secure than encrypted records, which is simplistic and untrue.... Anthem has a responsibility, under HIPAA, to ensure that records remain accessible. That is much easier to do with unencrypted data.... There is little that would have stopped a hacker with the level of access that these hackers achieved. Encryption probably would not have helped."

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