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Expert: InfoSec Staff Professionalism Helps Protect Data

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 19, 2012

Ali Pabrai, a California-based health IT consultant, recommends that hospital IT departments increase the professionalism of staff assigned to protect and secure data, FierceHealthIT reports. Pabrai recommends that CIOs "take a deeper look at the skills, the knowledge (of) your information security officer, across the security professionals that may be within the IT department." In addition to implementing stronger encryption and authentication procedures, Pabrai says hospitals should consolidate audit logs to ensure that they know when data has been misplaced, breached or abused. Meanwhile, a nurse was fired after viewing patient records without authorization. Her case has been referred to the Texas Board of Nursing, according to The Daily Tribune.
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