Patient Records: A Crisis Waiting to Happen
Not only are breaches continuing to happen on a regular basis, they are costing about $2 million each.
The Obama Administration may be all about health care reform and electronic medical records right now, but the Veteran's Administration can't seem to get with the program-at least not with the electronic records part of the program.
But wait, the VA doesn't have a problem with official VA electronic medical records systems. It's all the other systems out there that VA clinicians can't use.
Government Health IT reported last week that the VA prohibits its clinical personnel from using online applications such as Google Docs, a shared Yahoo calendar or any other cloud-based collaboration and/or storage tools.
VA CIO Roger Baker said:
I love the tools ... We have to figure out how to embrace those and at the same time be sure that we are providing the privacy and health information protections that we're committed to doing.
For now, because the VA has no control over whether a clinician stores a patient's personally identifiable information (inadvertently or otherwise) in those tools, he says the answer has to be "don't use them."