The federal list of major health information breaches included 240 incidents affecting 6.5 million individuals as of Thursday. But that number soon could grow substantially as a result of incidents that made headlines this week.
Many of those testifying at a hearing about a presidential council's call for a universal exchange language Tuesday urged a go-slow, deliberative approach to the effort to improve the interoperability of electronic health records while maintaining privacy.
Implementing electronic health records software that includes security functions is just the first of many steps involved in ensuring security, says Bonnie Cassidy, president of the American Health Information Management Association.
Some 1.7 million individuals are being notified of a health information breach incident involving data from The New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. It's the largest breach reported so far under the HITECH Act breach notification rule.
A recently released presidential council report, while raising important issues, oversimplifies the challenges involved in securely exchanging health information, says Joyce Sensmeier, vice president for informatics at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
The successor to David Blumenthal, M.D., who has announced he'll resign as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this spring, will have a lot of work to do when it comes to protecting the privacy and security of healthcare information.