Security Issues in Health Information Technology

758 Words Jan 14th, 2018 3 Pages
As part of the controversial bill, the U.S. took on the imperatives of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. This dimension of the total bill has been more positively received than its umbrella legislation, primarily because it proceeds from an assumption that most members of both the public and the federal government can agree upon. Namely, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (2009) asserts, the HITECH Act operates on the understanding that improved Health Information Technology (HIT) will ultimately result in improved system efficiency, reduced wastefulness and, most importantly, better health outcomes. However, as the discussion here notes, the relatively positive reception to the HITECH Act is not without its reservations. Specifically, a host of security and privacy concerns have come to the forefront since the adoption of legislation. The discussion below also considers that repairing these concerns is the shared responsibility of the U.S. government and the health facilities and providers that must ultimately work directly with sensitive patient information and evolving technology.

How Is Health Information Stored: At the healthcare facility with which I have the greatest working familiarity, we have utilized an Epic…