To ensure patient privacy, healthcare organizations need to adopt clear-cut social media policies and educate staff about how to comply, says Jonathan Teich, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University.
A federal proposal that would enable patients to restrict certain information held by their healthcare providers from being shared with their insurer would prove too costly and impractical to carry out, the American Health Information Management Association says.
Healthcare organizations should identify multiple steps for addressing the risks that could lead to a costly breach of information, says Christopher Hourihan, manager of development and programs at the Health Information Trust Alliance.
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.