HHS Calls for More Protections, ONC Responds
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.June 7, 2011
The Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General's Office recently released a white paper criticizing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) for not doing enough to protect healthcare information. ModernHealthcare reports that the inspector general called on the ONC to improve security measures for online health information with encryption and recommended it use its power to push data handlers to be more security-conscious. Joy Pritts, CPO of the ONC, says it is headed in that direction, adding that it has provided training tools and videos and is using the HHS's data breach list to help "identify the issues where we should devote our efforts to educating people."