At my Oct. 2011 post "Still More Electronic Medical Data Chaos, Pandemonium, Bedlam, Tumult and Maelstrom: But Don't Worry, Your Data is Secure" and others in this query link on medical record privacy, http://hcrenewal.blogspot.com/search/label/medical%20record%20privacy I wrote:
"Don't worry, your medical data's safe."
Joseph Conn of ModernHealthcare.com apparently disagrees (with my sarcasm, that is) and states the obvious outright. I post his story with few comments and several emphases which are mine:
Year closes on a note of breach shameClass-action lawsuits are needed as much for health IT risk and safety issues causing near-misses, injuries and death as for security breaches, I note.
I think five years is highly overoptimistic as well on the breach issue, considering the degree of "institutional learning" that's occurred on how to do health IT "right" over the past ~ three decades, and considering that the breaches that are increasing, not decreasing, in intensity and severity across all industry sectors. That includes industry sectors far better equipped to manage IT security than hospitals.
Right now, though, Kabateck says, "This is not to the level of being an epidemic, but it's close."
I think it is epidemic.
Rather than being a miracle that will revolutionize medicine, health IT is like any other information and communication technology (ICT): it has unintended consequences (UC's) that can dilute or even negate its advantages. The issue of damaged medical record privacy, confidentiality and security is but one UC of health IT.