Health Information Management

Access-privacy balance could prove elusive for hospitals

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 8, 2010

Technology infrastructure can impact both the relatively high cost and low quality of healthcare in the U.S., said Paul Tang, MD, vice president and CIO of Palo Alto (CA) Medical Foundation at a "town hall" style discussion at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) 2010 CIO forum held in Atlanta, GA, February 28.

"The government can't do it," said Tang, who is also the vice chair of the HIT Policy Committee and the chair of the Meaningful Use Work Group. "They don't have the expertise that's in this room and in the field."

The experts in the room audibly grumbled when talk turned to interoperability and privacy. It's a new era in terms of what systems can do, Tang said. And without access we put patients at risk. But will privacy concerns stand in the way of systems that can talk to each other across hospitals and other healthcare organizations?

Read the full story by Gienna Shaw of HealthLeaders Media.

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