A call to do more on privacy

Joseph Conn writes:

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently took a white-paper whipping from the HHS inspector general’s office.

I had a chance during a telephone interview last week to hear from a rebuttal witness, privacy lawyer Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the ONC.

Pritts said the government is in large part already heading in the same direction in which the inspector general was pointing, “but these things take time.”

One criticism in the inspector general’s report was that ONC should better use its powers to improve what it called general security controls. The inspector general specifically mentioned ONC should push for standards for two-factor identification—security measures for participants in electronic health information exchange.

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