Push For Electronic Medical Records Must Slow Down, For Security's Sake

Robert Vamosi of PC World reports:

Among the many new provisions the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), is federal funding for electronic medical records. Known as HITECH, the law gives incentives to healthcare organizations to digitize personal health information before 2020. Lost in the rush, however, are the details.

“I look forward to medical records going electronic,” said Howard Schmidt, the former White House cybersecurity czar, “but I have a tremendous amount of concern about building a really, really good healthcare infrastructure … and then securing it later.” Schmidt spoke with PCWorld at RSA 2009.

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