KANSAS CITY, Mo. – DataFile Technologies has released 2018 accuracy performance numbers for its healthcare release of information services indicating a consistently high quality level year over year. This announcement comes in the aftermath of a particularly poor year for health information management as a whole. The HIPAA Journal, a predominant source of news relating to health information compliance, reported numerous data breaches in 2018 including 18 breaches of HIPAA regulations that exposed at least 100,000 records each. Three of those exposed over 1 million records. 
According to data from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR), even smaller providers and organizations struggled with HIPAA compliance in 2018 racking up 351 data breaches exposing 13,020,821 healthcare records. That’s over 2.5 times the volume of records exposed compared to 2017, despite the number of breaches remaining nearly constant.
DataFile has consistently outperformed the industry and has avoided the negative trend. In 2018, it’s processing volume grew substantially to over 20 million pages while it logged only two single-patient breaches and zero large breaches, thus maintaining their processing accuracy rate of 99.97%, well above the industry as a whole.
Janine Akers, CEO and Compliance Officer at DataFile, stated, “DataFile makes quality control a priority from the system level through training, process and technology. It’s a cornerstone for us that has served us and our clients well. We’re proud of our track record in healthcare data management and release of records.”
DataFile’s comprehensive approach to security, HIPAA compliance and quality control makes sense since 12 of the 18 largest breaches in 2018 were reportedly due to hacking or IT incidents. IT has become a focal point for HIPAA compliance in contrast to a decade ago when human error was the overwhelming cause of HIPAA violations. While human factors like unauthorized health record disclosure, theft and improper disposal were still responsible for six (33.3%) of the largest breaches in 2018, robust technology protections are becoming increasingly important.
 Largest Healthcare Breaches of 2018. HIPAA Journal, 2018. Web. 5 Feb 2019. https://www.hipaajournal.com/largest-healthcare-data-breaches-of-2018/