7 steps to avoiding a human data breach

With human error a leading cause of data breaches in healthcare, here's how to tighten security among practice staff, writes Kate Gillman

Dramatic cyber attacks may make the headlines, but in fact, simple human error accounts for more data breaches in the health sector than any shadowy figures.

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In the first year of the Notifiable Data Breaches scheme, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) advised that health service providers reported the highest number of incidents, around 20% of all breaches.

Of the breaches involving health service providers, more than half were due to human error.

We’ve reviewed the OAIC report and calls to Avant involving data breaches, and have

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