The Push to Build an Electronic Health System

In response to the NYTimes front page article “Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe Even in Your Computer”, Dr. Peel points out the dangers of an Electronic Health System lacking security and privacy.

There is a real disconnect between the ease of hacking home computers and the federal push to build a national electronic health system.

Health-related information technology systems pose a tremendous new and unrecognized threat to the privacy of personal information.

Cubbyhole databases and encryption are not widely used, authentication and identity-proofing are terrible, and hospitals allow thousands of employees to see hundreds of thousands of patient records.

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