HHS Funds EHR Security Study

LMI to Test Electronic Health Records Security Options
HHS Funds EHR Security Study
The Department of Health and Human Services has hired a consulting firm to investigate ways to make it easier to improve the security of electronic health records.

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology awarded a $1.12 million contract to McLean, Va.-based LMI for a 13-month pilot project that's aimed at "reducing the burden of security on end-users of health IT so that it doesn't stand in the way of EHR adoption," said LMI spokesman Matt Daigle.

In what amounts to a proof of concept, LMI will conduct tests, using commercial EHR applications, to identify practical endpoint security approaches, Daigle said. LMI hopes to receive funding for further study in a second phase of what's anticipated to be a two-year effort.

The federal economic stimulus package is funding the initial phase of the project. The HITECH Act portion of the stimulus is funding an electronic health record incentive program for hospitals and physicians.

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Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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