The ongoing effort to enable the secure exchange of health information from coast to coast recently got a very important boost when five well-known healthcare organizations joined forces to serve as trailblazers.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT plans to take an incremental approach to testing components of a new health information exchange architecture envisioned by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
"It you were to ask me to rank order where industries are in terms of their cybersecurity capability, I think power is at or close to the bottom of the list, says Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency.
State agencies transferred information containing unencrypted, personal information to unsecured servers between January and May 2010, but the exposure was not discovered until two weeks ago, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says.
Sens. John Kerry and John McCain introdcued legislation that would balance individual privacy rights while allowing businesses to collect consumer information that could be used to market products and services.