Schwartz On Security: Your Medical Records At Risk
The [OIG] reports acknowledge that responsibility for health data security is vested in a number of agencies, and the reports recommend that ONC coordinate its work with CMS and OCR where applicable. Unfortunately, these points are buried and not given weight proportionate to the scale of the problem. The failure to have a comprehensive, coordinated strategy is at the root of the issues raised in the report.
As people's private medical records increasingly get stored in electronic format, a question looms: Will our records be stored securely, so that they can't be easily stolen or publicly released en masse?