Implementing electronic health records software that includes security components is just the first of many steps involved in ensuring security, says Bonnie Cassidy, president of the American Health Information Management Association.
The hospital that is treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and other victims of the Jan. 8 shooting incident in Tucson, Ariz., deserves accolades not only for its care for the victims, but also for calling attention to an important privacy issue.
On Jan. 14, a new workgroup advising federal regulators dug into the difficult task of figuring out whether a presidential council's recommendations for electronic health record interoperability are feasible.
Community hospitals must become more vigilant about information security, especially as they apply for HITECH Act electronic health records incentive payments, says Chuck Christian, CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.
Devising strategies for ensuring social media are not used in ways that violate patient privacy is one of the top trends for 2011, says Lisa Gallagher, senior director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Cyber criminals typically will move on to a target that is much less secure but those behind advanced persistent threats will spend months if not years trying to penetrate an IT system until they succeed, says Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee Labs threat research vice president.
When the HITECH Act was enacted early in 2009, much was made of its provisions calling for tougher enforcement of the HIPAA privacy and security rules. But we're still waiting for ramped-up enforcement to begin.