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In their efforts to secure patient data, hospital executives continue to worry about mobile devices--and are employing technology to help. But they acknowledge that the human factor remains the trickiest part of data security. Special Report
Ten years after its creation during the Bush administration, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT finds itself squarely in the crosshairs of federal lawmakers uncertain of the agency's role within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In a letter sent last month to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, four members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee--Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.)--questioned, point blank, the agency's regulatory authority. The letter expressed concern about ONC's plans to "regulate software and other health IT products" via a Health IT Safety Center called for in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act report, released jointly in April by ONC, FDA and the Federal Communications Commission.
Earlier this month, however, DeSalvo responded to the legislators, pointing out in a letter dated July 8 that the report outlines no such authority, and instead proposes "the creation of an environment of learning and continual improvement, including transparent reporting, aggregation and analysis of safety issues." Read more...
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