InformationWeek: Feds Need to Push Nationwide Healthcare IT Security

InformationWeek is reporting:

A federal advisory panel on Tuesday issued a 14-point report of recommendations for what’s needed to develop, implement, and foster the secure nationwide exchange of electronic medical information.

The report was issued by the Commission on System Interoperability, which was created by Congress as part of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. The commission was charged with developing recommendations, priorities, and a timeline for implementing an electronic health information exchange network.

A nationwide healthcare system would be a ripe target for hackers. Let’s hope these recommendations are heeded by the Federal gov.

Not only could the suggestions reduce security threats, but also help save lives.

As you know, medical mistakes such as prescriptions being filled incorrectly, cost thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of lives yearly.

The article continues:

Government researchers estimate that health IT, like physician order-entry and standards-based electronic medical record systems, can help reduce tens of thousands of medical mistakes and billions of dollars in health-care costs annually in the U.S. There are already a handful of incentive programs underway by some private insurers, as well as a Medicare pilot program, that reward health-care providers who improve their quality-of-patient care using health IT.

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