EHR Security at Risk

A newly released, 15-month study from the eHealth Vulnerability Reporting Program (eHVRP)--which included a survey of more that 850 provider organizations...

A newly released, 15-month study from the eHealth Vulnerability Reporting Program (eHVRP)--which included a survey of more that 850 provider organizations--shows that EHRs remain open to security breaches, partly because certification criteria don't address application hardening or known vulnerability reporting, according to Robert Mandel, MD, vice president, Health Care Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and a board member of eHVRP. “The industry is investing in, and relying heavily on, the promise that these systems offer improvements in quality and efficiency of care,” said Robert Mandel, MD, vice president, Health Care Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and a board member of eHVRP. “As such, we must take every measure possible to protect these systems, avoid any disruption in their use, and to ensure consumer confidence is maintained.”

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For those of you with an EHR system, do you feel the information within it is safe? Do these results worry you? If so, how will you act on that?

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