Republican efforts to pull the plug on funding for the the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program have some hospital executives and physicians worried about the fate of the initiative. But some Capitol Hill observers say the worries are largely unfounded.
Three senators discount suggestions their bill would empower the president to deny citizens Internet access. "Nothing could be further from the truth," say Sens. Joseph Lieberman, Susan Collins (both pictured) and Thomas Carper.
Securing data in the public cloud isn't much different from other types of IT security. "It's the same advice we give for almost any deployment of IT because it is still the right thing to do," NIST Senior Computer Scientist Tim Grance says.
Sheryl Rose, the first chief information security officer at Catholic Health Initiatives, is leading efforts to implement a comprehensive security strategy as the organization rolls out electronic health records.
In the second major healthcare hacking attempt reported to federal authorities in recent weeks, a Tampa practice has notified 156,000 individuals that a hacker accessed a server containing its practice management system, which stores patient information.
Some physician group practices that already have an electronic health record system are playing a game of "hurry up and wait" when it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act EHR incentive payments and bringing their security plans up to date.