Healthcare IT News discusses what could come in 2011 in medical privacy:
A panel of healthcare experts representing privacy, trends, technology, regulatory, data breach and governance have identified the top seven trends in healthcare information privacy for 2011.
The experts suggest that as health information exchanges take form, millions of patient records – soon to be available as digital files – will lead to potential unauthorized access, violation of new data breach laws and exposure to the threat of medical and financial identity theft. […]
The top predictions for 2011 include:
- Health information exchanges, many of which will be launched by inexperienced and understaffed organizations, will force more attention on security and privacy. […]
“The healthcare industry is on the verge of a major shift,” said Ernie Hood, vice president and CIO, Group Health Cooperative, one of the nation’s largest consumer-governed healthcare systems. “Organizations are venturing into the electronic world for the first time as practices implementing electronic health records and states are launching health information exchanges. A surge of new data will be brought online by a lot of inexperienced organizations fueled by monetary government incentives. Mistakes are a certainty,” he said.
- Data breaches and associated costs will increase, as penalties for information security negligence are acted on. […]
- There will be heightened patient awareness and concern over the security of their private medical data.
“I am seeing organizations shift their focus from implementation of electronic health records to a focus on the next phase of “meaningful use,” specifically how they are going to share patient records though health information exchanges,” said Rick Kam, president and co-founder, ID Experts, a provider of data breach solutions.