According to a survey carried out by Scrypt, Inc, a HIPAA-compliant document management and delivery company, fewer than one in five (17%) health care professionals are confident the industry will meet the 10 year goal for nationwide interoperability, set by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
The ONC's vision is that by 2024, the nation's HIT infrastructure will support better health for all through a more connected health care system and active individual health management; information sharing will be improved at all levels of public health, and research will better generate evidence that is delivered to the point of care.
The survey also revealed that staff or human error is the biggest concern in terms of a potential HIPAA breach within health care organizations, despite that fact that 98% of respondents have policies in place to keep staff informed about changes in HIPAA compliance within their own practice.
With protected health information (PHI) estimated to be 10 times more valuable than financial data on the black market, organizations must must ensure they are doing everything in their power to protect PHI against malicious attacks, as well as accidental disclosure or loss.
Scrypt, Inc CEO Aleks Szymanski, comments: "Our products exist because we know health care providers need HIPAA-compliant choices to manage and exchange PHI. Interoperability in 10 years is unquestionably a worthy goal, but our experience has shown that this is a complex area and providers need secure universal solutions in the interim."
For full results of the survey and to download the whitepaper, visit www.scrypt.com/ldg/hipaasurvey.
Source: Scrypt, Inc