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Secure ID Coalition Blog

VISA to Move the US to EMV

This morning VISA announced plans to incentivize the adoption of more secure payments in the United States, specifically EMV.  By adopting the international EMV standard, VISA is promoting both increased security and interoperability. To read more, please see VISA’s announcement.
 

Knowing who you are; could save the US billions

At the March 30, 2011 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and other Agencies held a hearing on the FY 2012 Health and Human Services (HHS) Budget, Senator Kirk (R- IL) questioned HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the outdated Medicare Card issued to America’s seniors.  In a system that is riddled with fraud, waste and abuse, Sen. Kirk suggested that knowing who is receiving services and who is providing them could significantly help reduce the amount of fraud in Medicare - currently estimated b y the Department of Justice to be $60 billion per year. 
 

Just What the Doctor (Should’ve) Ordered: Preventative Medicine to Fight Medicare Fraud

An interesting dichotomy popped up at Wednesday’s Senate Finance Committee hearing on Strengthening Medicare and Medicaid.  Testifying before the Committee, Dr. Donald Berwick, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), made an impassioned plea to promote and encourage preventative medicine for a number of healthcare problems such as diabetes and cancer, arguing that getting at the problems early would save thousands of lives and millions of dollars.  However when asked about Medicare fraud, prevention was nowhere to be found, ironically recommending after-the-fact enforcement.  With thinking like this, it’s almost certain the Medicare will be gurney-bound for the morgue by 2025.
 

Meaningful Use Fails to Address Health Information Security Concerns

Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the final rule defining “Meaningful Use” for electronic health records (EHRs). Unfortunately, the definition does little to address concerns about the protection of personal health information and provides no guidance on the requirements to securely access electronic medical records.

 

Cybersecurity Bill Passes Senate Homeland Security Committee


Yesterday the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee amended and passed S.3480: Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010. Cyber attacks on our information technology networks and critical infrastructure are one of the greatest threats our country faces, potentially impacting the energy supply, financial services and communication systems.  S.3480 ventures to reduce the risk of such debilitating attacks.

 

Identity Authentication is the Best Medicine for the Healthcare system

Yesterday the Senate unanimously voted to designate the week of June 14, 2010 as National Health Information Technology Week. During this coming week Congress will endeavor to acknowledge the many benefits that Health IT (HIT) can bring to patients, healthcare providers and our medical system.  As part of National Health Information Technology Week the Secure ID Coalition calls on Health & Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to require identity authentication in order to access electronic medical records, and personal health information.

 

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