[ Wednesday, November 12, 2008 ]


Health Information Trust Alliance: From the AHLA daily briefings:

The Wall Street Journal (11/12) [subscription needed] reports
that "a group of large healthcare companies is trying to create a common set of
security practices, but it remains to be seen whether they can persuade
businesses in the fragmented industry to join their effort." While "healthcare
providers are required by law to safeguard the data they collect about
patients," these "laws don't specify how the data should be secured, so it's up
to every doctor's office, pharmacy, and insurer to decide for itself how to
safeguard...information." Last year, "nine large healthcare
organizations...created the nonprofit Health Information Trust Alliance LLC to
oversee their standards-setting project." The alliance "recently completed a
draft version of its security framework, which includes directions for a range
of procedures." According to Michael Frederick, chief information security
officer at Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System, "security standards would
help ease the confusion that arises when organizations all do things

Jeff [10:55 AM]

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