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Another HIE security disaster; paper records looking better

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Concerns are rising about the  security problems of health-informati0n exchanges. reported recently that  Boston-based Codman Square Health Center had reported to the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last month that an employee of an outside vendor obtained unauthorized access to the health-information exchange (HIE) in which Codman participates by using an employee’s access credentials,.

The HIE, New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), serves providers and plans throughout the region. The information accessed included names, addresses, dates of birth, gender, medical services, payer information, insurance information and possibly Social Security numbers. In other words, yet another major breach.

NEHEN’s records were compromised by a third party, via at least one employee of one of the covered entities providing records to NEHEN.

Paper records are looking better and better.

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