The Vulnerability of Protected Health Information: Securing Data in the New Age of Healthcare Information Technology

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Healthcare Management


Healthcare Leadership

First Advisor

Irene Frederick


Data security


Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) is currently exploding by leaps and bounds. It seems like every time one turns around there is a new clinical application, interface, or software package emerging onto the scene. We truly are on the bleeding edge of technology and have yet to fully realize the potential HIT can have on the way we deliver care in the United States. One common thread among all of these technologies is their ability to create data that can be both stored and shared across multiple settings of care. Along with this data comes the responsibility to both protect and preserve its integrity. This paper seeks to illuminate the current state of data security among healthcare organizations today and provide recommendations on furthering the development of fundamentally sound data policies.

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