Healthcare Not Up To Task Of Securing Electronic Medical Records, Experts Say

Apr 30, 2010

Healthcare Not Up To Task Of Securing Electronic Medical Records, Experts Say


Meanwhile, a third poll released by Javelin Research and Strategy in March illustrates the darker side of EMR's uptick: Fraud based on exposure to health data rose from 3 percent to 7 percent between 2008 and 2009.

While the healthcare industry has for decades been plodding toward the eventuality of transforming paper records to digital, it received a legislative boost in early 2009 with the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Carved into this overarching stimulus bill, the HITECH Act was designed specifically to encourage organizations to step up their efforts to transition to EMR with a host of financial incentives -- $19.2 billion in total.

But James Van Dyke, president of Javelin, says analysts at his practice are skeptical of the healthcare industry's ability to advance its EMR adoption rate while protecting the data at hand. Read Full Article