“A recent study in the Journal of the American Informatics Association reports that nearly one in eight patients has withheld information from their healthcare providers due to security concerns. Moreover, most of the respondents were very concerned about the security of their information when it was being shared electronically or by fax. Just last week, advocacy organization Patient Privacy Rights sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services urging the agency to improve privacy protections of patients’ electronic health records, particularly in the cloud and in HIEs.”
Patient Privacy Rights’ very own Dr. Deborah Peel was chosen as one of the ‘Top 10 Influencers of Health InfoSec”. This honor is given by HealthcareInfoSecurity “to acknowledge leaders who are playing a critical role in shaping the way healthcare organizations approach information security and privacy”.
Dr. Deborah Peel was deemed an “outspoken champion of national patient privacy concerns since 1993. As leader of the advocacy group Patient Privacy Rights, Peel often takes controversial positions on key issues, but she has proven successful in drawing attention to important patient privacy matters. She has testified before Congressional committees on genetic data privacy and medical record privacy.”
“Each of these top 10 Influencers makes a substantial impact. Their influence ranges from shaping national health data security and privacy regulations to providing real-life breach prevention insights and leading grass-root efforts to help patients deal with data privacy threats.
Our selections include some of the nation’s most recognized leaders in health information technology. But they also include a few individuals who aren’t in the national spotlight, yet are influential nonetheless.
As electronic health records become ubiquitous, and more information is shared via health information exchanges, the nation needs leaders who are willing to take bold action to ensure patient information is protected.
Our editors chose these individuals for the influence they’ve had over the last year, as well as the impact we expect them to have in 2013 and beyond.”