This HND piece starts off with another example of how bad electronic health record (EHR) systems can be. In this particular case, there was no method built into a well-known system to properly document a decrease in a patient's heparin dose. When you consider how many billions of dollars have been put into EHRs by the government, let alone the customers, this sort of thing is pretty appalling.
But, at least this glitch—being an error in code—can be fixed. However, fixing the security of these records is another matter altogether.
We interview a health IT executive who states:
“There are two absolutes in the world today. First, it is impossible to provide 100% network security protection because there are simply too many entry points which a hacker can breach. The second absolute is that all data protection systems are based upon a certified industry encryption algorithm protection standard that can be hacked in as little as two to four hours, therefore providing zero data security protection.”
His company, Impervio Technologies Inc., has some new ideas, and could finally provide an answer.
Read the complete article.