Computer forensic investigations routinely take place in some form at most large to mid-sized healthcare organizations. As the overwhelming majority of information is now stored electronically, it is difficult to imagine any type of breach or compromise that does not warrant a computer forensic investigation.
Case in point, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule created an objective, four-factor test to determine whether or not protected health information (PHI) had been compromised in an attempt to obtain more consistency in breach reporting and notification. Computer forensics is the most valid way to confirm one of these factors, whether the PHI was actually acquired or viewed.
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