Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has the experience that could help move the office from strategy development to execution on a number of issues, including the privacy and security of health information, some observers say.
Joy Pritts of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says the office intends to develop standards that would give patients the ability to exclude clinicians from accessing certain portions of their electronic health records.
The Privacy and Security Tiger Team is advocating requiring participants in Stage 2 of the HITECH Act's electronic health record incentive program to verify how they are keeping stored data secure, such as through encryption.
The federal government's official tally of major health information breaches now confirms the recent Health Net incident affected 1.9 million individuals, making it the largest breach on the list. Meanwhile, at least four state agencies are now investigating the incident.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights will hold their fourth annual healthcare information security conference May 10-11 in Washington.