Clinics applying for HITECH Act electronic health records incentive payments are getting a reminder about the importance of information security, says Robert Tennant of the Medical Group Management Association
A recently released presidential council report, while raising important issues, oversimplifies the challenges involved in securely exchanging health information, says Joyce Sensmeier, vice president for informatics at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
It's not enough to recover data after an incident; also essential is restoring the software needed to read the data, as Federal Emergency Management Agency has learned. The inspector general explains it all.
"We cannot allow security breaches to undermine our trust in the U.S. economy," says Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat who says he'll introduce the bill. "We must step forward and curb these attacks without delay."
The successor to David Blumenthal, M.D., who has announced he'll resign as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology this spring, will have a lot of work to do when it comes to protecting the privacy and security of healthcare information.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is firing three employees and giving two others five-day unpaid suspensions because they inappropriately accessed the electronic health records of 13 student-athletes.
"It shouldn't matter from where the enterprise security services are deployed. We need to just make sure as a team we are consistently closing the vulnerabilities and risk gaps." - Greg Thompson, Scotia Bank.
Federal authorities need to develop and disseminate best practices for matching patients to all their records, especially when electronic health records are exchanged, the Privacy and Security Tiger Team recommended Wednesday.