There is a disconnect between data breaches and level of confidence among healthcare professionals, according to a new survey of over 500 registered nurses and administrative staff from University of Phoenix®.

 

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Despite increased data breaches across all industries, only a quarter of registered nurses have seen changes in the way their companies handle data security and patient privacy over the past year.

An equal percentage of RNs (21 percent) do not know if their facility has or has not experienced a breach of patient data.

The healthcare industry continues to be one of the highest targeted by cybercriminals, due to its heavy reliance on technology and vast amount of available patient data.

About half of administrative staff and two in five RNs believe more technology training is needed.

About half of administrative staff and two in five RNs believe more technology training is needed.

Other methods being used to protect patient data include security risk assessments and single sign on.

Methodology:

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of University of Phoenix between Aug. 15–Sept. 1, 2017, among 504 US adults who work full-time in healthcare as either a registered nurse (n=250) or as part of the administrative staff (n=254), and who have worked in their position for at least two years. Figures for age, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. For complete survey methodology, please contact Amanda Barchilon.