In the second major healthcare hacking attempt reported to federal authorities in recent weeks, a Tampa practice has notified 156,000 individuals that a hacker accessed a server containing its practice management system, which stores patient information.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will fully deploy the Einstein 2 threat detection system by year's end and will begin implementing in 2011 Einstein 3, with the aim to automatically detect and disrupt malicious cyber activity.
Some physician group practices that already have an electronic health record system are playing a game of "hurry up and wait" when it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act EHR incentive payments and bringing their security plans up to date.
Implementing electronic health records software that includes security components is just the first of many steps involved in ensuring security, says Bonnie Cassidy, president of the American Health Information Management Association.
When a database breach occurs, consumer notification continues to be a public problem, and it's time for the federal government to step in, says Linda Foley, co-founder of the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center.