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.
Republican efforts to pull the plug on funding for the the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program have some hospital executives and physicians worried about the fate of the initiative. But some Capitol Hill observers say the worries are largely unfounded.
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.