Healthcare and Its Identity Problem

by Dr. William Braithwaite, MD, PhD, FACMI, FHL7, Chair, HIMSS Identity Management Task Force

Three things are now certain in this world:  death, taxes, and health information breaches.  In fact, healthcare has an identity problem.

While this is not a new problem, it has reached critical mass and must be solved. Why?

  • Identity thieves are now paying a premium for health records.
  • Passwords are passé. Because passwords are too easily guessed, hacked, or stolen, they are unable to provide adequate security for the digital identities that are used to access our health information.
  • Government standards for secure healthcare identities have not been forthcoming and it is time for the private sector to define and implement practical, best practices to meet the need.

Read more of Dr. Braithwaite’s article – Healthcare Has an Identity Problem – about the solutions to this identity issue with recommendations from the HIMSS Identity Management Task Force.

About Lisa A. Gallagher, BSEE, CISM, CPHIMS

Lisa Gallagher, BSEE, CISM, CPHIMS, is HIMSS Senior Director, Privacy and Security.
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