A presidential council's call for creation of a universal exchange language based on XML as a way to make electronic health records systems interoperable and ease the secure exchange of data is overly simplistic and impractical, some critics say.
Anti-fraud activist Jim Woodhill is a man with a plan - or at least he soon will be. By the end of March, he expects to have a task force and plan in place to help banks and businesses conquer ACH fraud and corporate account takeover.
Executives deal with risk all of the time, except that is, information technology risk. For many non-IT leaders in government and business, IT risk is outside their comfort zone. Oregon CISO Theresa Masse wants to change that.
Healthcare privacy and security issues rose to the forefront in 2010 thanks, in large part, to the HITECH Act, which led to many new regulations as well as a public list of major health information breaches.
"The environment that started by supporting whistleblowers ... is essentially morphing into 'Gee, we as an organization need to be completely transparent, whether we want to or not,'" says Cal Slemp, managing director of Protiviti.
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.