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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Mon Jul 27 2009 - 04:21:36 CDT
By Alice Lipowicz
July 24, 2009
The top federal official for health information technology has not taken
a position on one of the pressing issues that affects nationwide sharing
of health information — whether all health systems must comply with the
Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
Dr. David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health IT, said he
has not formed an opinion. The FISMA legislation in 2002 established
information security requirements for federal computer systems. What is
under discussion is whether health care providers, including doctors'
offices and hospitals, should comply with FISMA in order to expand their
information sharing with federal agencies.
Under the economic stimulus law, Congress set aside $350 million to
assist the national coordinator’s office in establishing health
information exchange systems. One of the pilot efforts underway is the
Nationwide Health Information Network.
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