The Security Scrutinizer with Howard Anderson

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Information Security Media Group, which offers similar information security/risk management sites for banking, credit unions and government, brought me on board to launch its latest offering. And the timing is perfect.

Many organizations are ramping up their clinical automation efforts thanks, in part, to financial incentives from ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As more personal healthcare information is digitized and shared, hospitals, physician group practices, health plans and others will be developing or updating their data security strategies. will provide you with news, analysis and education aimed at helping you achieve an important goal: Ensuring that personal healthcare information remains private and secure. 

We make this pledge: will provide you with news, analysis and education aimed at helping you achieve an important goal: Ensuring that personal healthcare information remains private and secure.

Before joining ISMG to launch this site as managing editor, I spent 17 years at Health Data Management magazine, which I launched as founding editor. In the past 32 years, I've also served in editorial roles at three other magazines: Modern Healthcare, Hospitals and Health Networks and Healthcare Financial Management, as well as daily newspapers.

For much of my career, healthcare executives have been talking about the potential benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) and other information technologies. Today, that talk is turning into action as large and small organizations alike ramp up their automation efforts.

Sadly, however, too many organizations have paid scant attention to the critical issue of data security. As one recent survey pointed out, less than half of U.S. hospitals have a chief security officer, and only half have a plan in place for responding to threats or incidents of a security breach.

As more personal healthcare data is digitized, it's vital that hospitals, physician group practices and health plans gear up their efforts to ensure this data remains secure.

To be sure, the federal government's stiffer penalties for security breaches, as called for in the HITECH Act section of ARRA, are a strong motivator. And no organization wants to be in the headlines for violating patient privacy. But the bottom line is simply this: Healthcare organizations owe it to their patients to keep personal information secure.

I look forward to hearing from you in the months ahead as we continue this journey toward secure, digitized healthcare.

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About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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