We haven’t heard of the Edward Snowden of health IT, at least as of yet. Is the capacity there for that to happen? Oh, sure. With any employee who manages data within any organization, there’s a possibility they could go rogue. Employee snooping is a huge problem. We end up finding out about it when it’s a VIP who is the victim. But in a lot of small towns, the hospital is the largest employer and looking up your neighbor is pretty common.
Edward Snowden isn’t just a nightmare for the National Security Agency.
He also epitomizes a little-mentioned but intense ongoing fear of corporate America — that any lone renegade among millions of trustworthy employees could abuse access to private customer data for idealistic or villainous purposes.