Sheryl Rose, the first chief information security officer at Catholic Health Initiatives, is leading efforts to implement a comprehensive security strategy as the organization rolls out electronic health records.
In the second major healthcare hacking attempt reported to federal authorities in recent weeks, a Tampa practice has notified 156,000 individuals that a hacker accessed a server containing its practice management system, which stores patient information.
Some physician group practices that already have an electronic health record system are playing a game of "hurry up and wait" when it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act EHR incentive payments and bringing their security plans up to date.
A universal exchange language, as proposed by a presidential council, is far from a panacea for ensuring electronic health records interoperability and easing the secure exchange of data, a diverse coalition says.
Implementing electronic health records software that includes security components is just the first of many steps involved in ensuring security, says Bonnie Cassidy, president of the American Health Information Management Association.