The 2010 HIMSS Security Survey confirms that healthcare organizations are making inadequate progress on ensuring the security of electronic health records and other patient information, says security expert Lisa Gallagher.
American consumers need to know that personal health records must follow government-mandated guidelines for ensuring privacy and security, just as is the case for electronic health records. Otherwise, the use of PHRs may never become widespread.
As hospitals and clinics develop strategies for complying with the privacy and security provisions of the HITECH Act and HIPAA, they must be careful not to overlook the additional risks involved in using wireless technologies.
As the federal government attempts to crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud, officials have discovered that most medical schools don't offer training on how to comply with federal fraud and abuse laws.
"Signatures are not going to be the way of the future because we don't have time to put a name or a pattern on enemy behaviors and pass it out and block it," says Phyllis Schneck, McAfee chief technology officer/public sector.