Hospitals and physician group practices applying for federal incentive payments for using electronic health records must carefully address privacy as well as security issues, says Kelly McLendon, president of Health Information Xperts.
Projects in Cincinnati and Detroit are the final additions to the list of those that will receive a total of $250 million in federal grants for the secure sharing of healthcare information among organizations.
Electronic health records software vendors can begin applying for certification of their applications as qualifying for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program now that two certifiers have been selected.
Debbie Christofferson has worked in IT and information security for many years. And if there's anything she's learned about risk management, it's this: It's all about risk. "All of your decisions about information security should be based on risk to the organization."
A total price tag of nearly $1 billion for dealing with the aftermath of major breaches reported to federal authorities so far should motivate healthcare organizations to take aggressive steps to improve security, one analyst advises.