How to reconcile Kaiser’s statements about who can access patient data

Two reports of how Kaiser Permanente approaches security left this blogger scratching her head last week as the reports might seem to contradict each other. And because the VA Watchdog had the same questions I have, I decided to follow-up.

On February 28, and as reported by Health Data Management, Eric Liederman, M.D, director of medical informatics at Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California division, described the security approach this way during the Physicians Symposium at the HIMSS 2010 Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta:

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