A federal proposal that would enable patients to restrict certain information held by their healthcare providers from being shared with their insurer would prove too costly and impractical to carry out, the American Health Information Management Association says.
The leading electronic health records software companies should be able to quickly add the required security capabilities needed to qualify for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program, predicts Elise Ames of HIS Professionals.
Although many electronic health record software companies likely will add a long list of security capabilities this year, it remains to be seen whether hospitals and physicians will actually put those capabilities to good use.
The co-chairs of the caucus, Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Mike McCaul, R-Texas, said they see the page as a vehicle to raise awareness about the importance of securing the nation's cyber infrastructure.
WellPoint Inc., which owns Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in 14 states, is notifying 470,000 people who applied for individual health insurance coverage that their information may have been breached on a web site.