Healthcare industry 'behind by a country mile' in email security
- Identify the patient
- Review current data
- Select drug from a menu in the electronic health record
- Enter parameters and information for the pharmacy
- Review alerts and advisories
- Select pharmacy
- Authorize and sign
- Review expectations with patient, monitor e-prescribing logs and manage electronic renewal requests
- Aetna's trusted email program (No. 4 overall): Authentication for outbound email, paired with a domain-based message authentication, reporting and conformance (DMARC) policy helped the insurance giant drastically mitigate the risk of abuse originating from emails seemingly sent to customers from Aetna, CSO notes. Within the first three days of the DMARC controls being enabled, 188,000 emails were blocked from delivery; after 45 days, that number jumped to 597,000 emails.
February 17, 2015 | By Susan D. Hall
Despite efforts to create health information exchanges, the United States is still at least 10 years from achieving a secure, robust exchange of patient data, according to a new report from Black Book Research.
Ninety-four percent of America's providers, healthcare agencies, patients and payers remain without meaningful connections, and providers are dropping HIE as a priority. Regional connectivity dropped by 5 percent in the past year, according to the report, which is based on a survey of nearly 2,000 health plan members, 800 physicians, 700 hospital executives, 1,200 insurers and 500 health information technology vendor staffers.
Providers are retreating from complex HIE efforts--in part because of the flawed business models of public HIEs--and instead are waiting to see whether payers foot the bill for significant data-sharing mechanisms. What's more, a growing number of IT vendors are drastically cutting interoperability research and development funding, the report states.
- Improving information sharing between the private sector and government;
- Establishing a national data breach notification statute; and
- Bolstering law enforcement's ability to combat cybercrime.
- Seventy-six percent of patients set up appointments with their primary care physicians over the phone, followed by 25 percent who do so in-person. Just 7 percent make appointments online.