Thursday, December 5, 2013

Health Exchange Breach in Vermont

Vermont Governor Shumlin is disappointed that the state's top health official failed to disclose a breach in their health information exchange.

A user was able to access another user's Social Security information in October, but in November Mark Larson, Commissioner of Vermont Health Access told the legislature that there had been no breaches.

"I am tremendously disappointed in Commissioner Larson’s lapse of judgment in this (breach) matter." - Governor Shumlin of Vermont
Health insurance and information exchanges facilitate sharing data that can improve peoples' health but the potential for breaches is magnified. Low-cost on-demand SaaS log analysis services would readily detect that one user was looking at another user's medical records.
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Sources:
(a) Health care head reprimanded for not disclosing security breach - www.StoweToday.com, 11/28/2013

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