Survey: Privacy a Top HIE Concern

Security Issues Could Derail Health Information Exchanges
Survey: Privacy a Top HIE Concern
As federal authorities continue efforts to develop privacy and security guidelines for health information exchanges, a new survey shows that healthcare providers and others consider privacy and security as the issues with the most potential to derail HIEs.

Privacy and security issues ranked higher as a threat to success than HIE sustainability and funding, among other issues.

The survey of 166 executives at healthcare providers, government units, operators of HIEs and other organizations also found that the HIE-related issue cited as being "of greatest concern" also was privacy and security.

The National eHealth Collaborative, which promotes secure and interoperable nationwide health information exchange, conducted the online survey in December and January. It unveiled the results at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference in Orlando.

"This survey is just the beginning of an invaluable dialogue about what we need to do to achieve a sustainable and robust nationwide health information exchange," said Holt Anderson, a member of the collaborative's board.

Also at the HIMSS Conference, Deven McGraw, co-chair of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team that's advising federal authorities regarding health information exchange issues, outlined the next topics the team will tackle next.

And Doug Fridsma, M.D., director of the office of interoperability and standards at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, described the privacy and security components of two national networking initiatives: The Direct Project and the Nationwide Health Information Network standards.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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