As new uses for digital health information emerge and access to confidential patient information expands, health organizations—including insurers--are under-prepared to protect patient privacy and secure data, according to a new report released today by the Health Research Institute at PwC US.

The long-used privacy and security controls are no longer sufficient to comply with existing privacy laws and patient consent agreements, says PwC. The Institute recommends that health organizations review and update practices and adopt a more integrated approach to ensure that patient information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

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