Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This is what happens if your health data gets breached
If your health data gets breached, do you know what could happen? So many patient records are becoming digitized as more providers and hospitals rely on electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical charts. Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new regulations regarding the notification of patients if their electronic health information gets breached. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) also issued final rules about how consumers ought to be notified when electronic personal health record (PHR) information gets compromised.
We hear so many stories about hospitals, clinics, and health plans having problems with data security. Highly experienced can probably break into most hospitals and health plans and compromise health data.
Under the HITECH provisions within ARRA, the Department of Health and Human Services has to perform research on privacy, security and breach-notification requirements for PHR vendors. Let's see what happens with Google Health and Microsoft Health Vault. If you keep your personal health information online, do you feel confident that it's safe and secure?