Electronic health records software vendors can begin applying for certification of their applications as qualifying for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program now that two certifiers have been selected.
Educating staff about keeping protected health information off social media should be a high priority, much like education about sexual harassment, discrimination or any other behavior with zero tolerance.
Debbie Christofferson has worked in IT and information security for many years. And if there's anything she's learned about risk management, it's this: It's all about risk. "All of your decisions about information security should be based on risk to the organization."
Just as most financial institutions have implemented security measures to protect access to customers' accounts and personal data, it is just a matter of time before healthcare organizations will be required to do the same.
A total price tag of nearly $1 billion for dealing with the aftermath of major breaches reported to federal authorities so far should motivate healthcare organizations to take aggressive steps to improve security, one analyst advises.