Exclusive Interview: New HHS ONC Leader on Health Data Security
Gov Info Security
Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
As patients more commonly use smartphones and APIs to access their health information, critical security and privacy considerations need to be top of mind, says Micky Tripathi, the new Department of Health and Human Services' national coordinator for health IT.
"There are real concerns," Tripathi says in a video interview with Information Security Media Group. "The challenge that we have is that we are putting into place and encouraging the use of technologies that we believe have an overarching benefit of patients being able to have more access and control over their health information - to use it for purposes that will benefit themselves. But that doesn't mean that there aren't some risks along the way … and privacy and security concerns."
Addressing health data exchange issues, Tripathi points out that...