Monday, December 06, 2010

Annals of Electronic Information Security

At The Hill, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich raises a good point about the leak of hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and other private information:

"You have a private first class who downloads a quarter million documents, and the system doesn't say, 'Oh, you may be over extended?' I mean, this is a system so stupid that it ought to be a scandal of the first order," Gingrich said.

Regardless of which administration(s) are responsible (these systems probably took many years to reach their current form), one wonders if commercial EMR's suffer from the same oversights.

-- SS

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

That sounds like an interesting problem. As an HIT expert, how would you give hospital staff access to medical records while preventing them from abusing that access?

Scot M Silverstein MD said...

Anonymous at December 6, 2010 7:13:00 PM EST writes:

As an HIT expert, how would you give hospital staff access to medical records while preventing them from abusing that access?

I'm sorry. That advice is not free.

-- SS