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Healthcare breaches need a cure for human errors

Taylor Armerding | Jan. 20, 2015
Better technology can improve security in the healthcare industry, but it won't transform it. That would take a major upgrade to the human OS.

But Morris Panner, CEO of DICOM Grid, contends that HIPAA's mixed messages leave organizations, "paralyzed for fear of committing an unwitting violation.

"On the one hand, we are encouraged to digitize health information, which makes it easier to share. On the other, we are penalized if we make errors in how we share information."

Panner argued that regulators, "need to create appropriate safe harbors for sharing information." The balance between sharing and securing information is hard, he acknowledged, "but right now we aren't even trying."

 

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