While the HITECH Act is jump-starting the shift from paper to electronic health records with its incentive payments, a presidential panel is envisioning a next generation of EHRs that embed privacy protections using XML.
Staff training, aggressive breach prevention efforts and strong sanctions for violating policies are key to creating a corporate culture that values privacy and security, says Alan Dowling, the new CEO of the American Health Information Management Association.
Cybersecurity reform was part of a defense bill that included a provision to repeal a law that bar gays from serving openly in the military. Supporters couldn't muster the support to bring a Senate vote on the bill.
"With the right people, process and technology, you could be able to put a system together that would greatly reduce the impact these types of attacks have," says cybersecurity expert Eric Cole, a SANS Institute faculty fellow.