When it comes to keeping healthcare information private and secure, hospitals that focus primarily on regulatory compliance are making a huge mistake, says Sharon Finney, corporate data security officer for the 37-hospital Adventist Health System.
The topic has been discussed for years, but now truly is the time for organizations to invest in federated identity management.
So says Tom Smedinghoff, partner at Chicago-based law firm Wildman Harrold. In an exclusive interview, Smedinghoff discusses:
What's new about federated ID management;
Getting senior executives involved early and making sure they understand the organization's security vulnerabilities are two vital steps in any risk management initiative, says consultant Mark Ford of Deloitte.
In an interview, Ford offers advice on how to:
Win the support of senior executives as well as boards...
At an online session to solicit comments on a proposed framework for a new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, planners asked for additional advice on tactics for ramping up enforcement of existing privacy and security regulations.
The federal government has awarded $267 million in grants to establish another 28 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers to educate doctors and others on how to implement secure electronic health records.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $60 million in economic stimulus funds under the HITECH Act to four universities for healthcare IT research projects, three of which will address privacy and security issues.
Widespread implementation of encryption is a top priority at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, thanks, in large part, to the "safe harbor" in the HITECH breach notification rule, says Michael Mucha, information security officer.
The firm that has won a $26 million public relations contract from the Department of Health and Human Services for a campaign on healthcare information technology, and related privacy and security issues, stirred up controversy with some of its previous government PR efforts.