The Federal Information Security Management Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act could thwart the government's plan to nationally share data with private providers via Connect software, federal health IT executives said at a forum. Health care groups must perform multiple steps to ensure protection of their data and systems in order to comply with the data security laws, a situation that "is not a scalable model for the country," said Vish Sankaran, the Federal Health Architecture office's program director.
The HHS has announced plans to seek vendor proposals by year-end that would help launch the nationwide health information network into full operation. In a notice, the agency advised selected health IT vendors to come up with NHIN-based and interoperability-focused solutions, procedures and technical standards.
IT professionals with limited clinical experience still could land a job in health IT through some resume updates, additional training and other strategies. An IT practitioner's background in cloud computing, for instance, should be highlighted in resumes to be able to "rise to the top" of employers' lists, said Gretchen Koch, CompTIA's director of workforce development programs.
Health care executives should expect stiffer enforcement of information privacy and security policies as well as a culture strain among medical groups in adapting to new demands, wrote IT experts Kenneth Kizer and Glen Day in a report. A report by Ponemon Institute had similar conclusions, stating that the "majority of IT practitioners in our study believe their organizations do not have adequate resources to protect patients' sensitive or confidential information."
Multi-hospital systems could ease standardization and reduce implementation costs through systemwide rollouts of new applications, instead of deploying them one site at a time. When it comes to enterprisewide implementations, big health systems should rely on super users to link information systems with end users, offer support in frontline operations and other functions.