The Security and Privacy of Healthcare Data

George Hulme writes:

Despite the aim of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to bolster the security and privacy of patient information, a majority of health-care providers believe more should — and can — be done. And a newly formed consortium of industry leaders plans to do something about it.

A group of nine companies in the health care industry have come together to create a set of best security practices to heighten the security and privacy of electronic medical records. Dubbed the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), it is a private, independent company that was created to establish a common security framework that should allow for more effective and secure access, storage and exchange of personal health information. After the number of health industry breaches, and recent HIPAA-related fines, one can certainly hope.

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