Wednesday, September 25, 2013

ONC: CEOs Should be Privacy Leaders

Healthcare CEOs and other top executives should set the tone for a culture of privacy in their organizations according to Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT.

Pritts says there is still a culture that privacy and security are barriers to providing healthcare but that the ONC sees privacy and security as being facilitators.

"When the message from the top is that privacy and security is good for the patient, and good for the business [then] we will see more of an attitude that these are things organizations should be doing willingly ...."
- Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
During an Information Security Media Group interview at the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum in Boston, Pritts discussed a number of issues including the need for detailed risk analysis, a critical privacy and security requirement for the upcoming Stage 2 of the HITECH Act.

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Sources:
(a) CEOs as Privacy Leaders - www.healthcareInfoSecurity.com,09/26/2013

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