Many of those testifying at a hearing about a presidential council's call for a universal exchange language Tuesday urged a go-slow, deliberative approach to the effort to improve the interoperability of electronic health records while maintaining privacy.
Implementing electronic health records software that includes security functions is just the first of many steps involved in ensuring security, says Bonnie Cassidy, president of the American Health Information Management Association.
Some 1.7 million individuals are being notified of a health information breach incident involving data from The New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. It's the largest breach reported so far under the HITECH Act breach notification rule.
Known as the Cloud First policy, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has outlined a new policy in which one-quarter of the $80 billion the federal government spends on information technology would employ cloud computing solutions.
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."