Mac McMillan, CEO at information security and regulatory compliance firm CynergisTek Inc., sees the breach notification rule as quickly raising the awareness of hospitals to weaknesses in their data security.

"More hospitals today are beginning to spend more attention, more time and more money on security," McMillan said during a presentation at the Safeguarding Health Information Conference in Washington. Public posting of organizations that have experienced large breaches, as well as compliance agreements that the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights imposes after such breaches, are having the desired effect of raising the priority of security, he believes. "No one wants Uncle Sam looking over their shoulder for three years."

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