We’re now eating the exhaust of the massive Anthem breach and predictably, a Google search serves up hundreds of commentary pieces about this being the wake-up call, the call to arms, a turning point for healthcare data security.

Whatever. Security experts can write as many treatises as they want about what new and improved data security methods need to be applied, but the hard truth is that the healthcare industry has never made an effort to have a serious conversation about real-world security. Instead, the industry has conditioned itself to talk and think about compliance, which many have learned the hard way is an entirely different matter. And whatever happens next in terms of regulatory actions, it likely will continue to do so.

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