As the principal technology executive for a
law enforcement information exchange program
that solves information exchange issues for
law enforcement and correctional
institutions in 30-plus states, including
correctional healthcare units' need for
health information exchange, I read with interest Dr. Narayanachar Murali's piece, Records are like a sitting duck for crooks. Murali's remarks are right on the mark.
We struggle with precisely the issues Murali raises, and have found that solutions
precisely to address these problems are
available; however, it's up to the
healthcare industry to adopt them. For
example, our Pegasus Program has been providing an access authentication
service built on biometric fingerprint
readers for about three years, without a hiccup -- at a cost of $100 per user or less, and costs are now falling.
From a system security standpoint, equipment
to encrypt and secure EMRs that meets
Federal Information Processing Standards
140-1 Level 3 requirements is readily
available in the market at pretty reasonable
costs -- law enforcement has precisely this
same need, and we are in the process of
procuring and configuring this equipment at
And smart cards that meet FIPS 201
requirements are beginning to roll out as
well, using biometrics and other security
technologies to assure identities,
credentials and permissions for logical
access, and are rendered absolutely
useless if their loss is reported -- but again, healthcare has to implement this technology
We use or deploy all these technologies and
they are affordable and work.
Dennis KellyProject executivePegasus Technology
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