Healthcare organizations need to rethink security best practices and tap new technologies as a result of the growth in health information exchange and the use of mobile devices, says researcher Carl Gunter.
The two final rules for Stage 2 of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program don't include firm data encryption mandates. But they come very close, indeed. And that's an important step forward.
A former emergency department employee of Florida Hospital Celebration allegedly inappropriately accessed more than 760,000 patient records to find traffic accident victims. Find out the details about his arrest.
Accountable Care Organization participants that are sharing information while collaborating on patient care must keep privacy and security top-of-mind, says Bill Spooner, CIO at Sharp HealthCare, an ACO participant.
At St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Mississippi, a proactive breach prevention strategy has dramatically reduced privacy violations involving nosy healthcare workers inappropriately accessing medical records.
"Clearly, the market has not developed ... on its own the cybersecurity requirements," John Brennan says. "Of course, if it did, then we wouldn't have these intrusions and the billions of dollars of losses that companies are now writing off."
The federated data model of a long-running Massachusetts HIE has its members safeguarding their own data. Find out the other ways that "pushing" data helps the New England Healthcare Exchange Network protect patient information.