HIMSS Virtual Conference: Pursuing Healthcare Transformation Through IT

June 7, 2012
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I’m liveblogging while attending the HIMSS Virtual Conference, Pursuing Healthcare Transformation Through IT, June 6-7, 2012. With topics ranging from mHealth to HIEs to data security, it’s a great lineup of knowledge sessions open to HIMSS members. View the full agenda.

I’m liveblogging while attending the HIMSS Virtual Conference, Pursuing Healthcare Transformation Through IT, June 6-7, 2012. With topics ranging from mHealth to HIEs to data security, it’s a great lineup of knowledge sessions open to HIMSS members. View the full agenda.

Online Tech recently hosted our own webinar on FDA Mobile Medical App Regulations, view the video and slides. We will be hosting another webinar on June 19th, free and open to the public, on Healthcare Security Vulnerabilities. Sign up today and submit questions in advance to our speaker!

HIMSS Virtual Conference Education Center

HIMSS Virtual Conference Education Center


Opening Keynote: Achieving and Sustaining the Meaningful Use of Health IT: A National Model with Local Lessons

Michael Matthews

Michael Matthews

Speaker: Michael Matthews, CEO of MedVirginia

Using ConnectVirginia, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) initiative as an example, he initially discussed the industry approach to HIEs.

We’ve set HIEs at a higher bar for financial ROI than most other healthcare decisions – instead, the goal should be for HIEs to demonstrate clinical value. HIEs need to be treated as part of standard patient care, and a necessary investment. HIEs also provide valuable data sets for population health analysis and statistics to help inform business decisions and healthcare trends.

The three phases of the health information exchange strategic road map include:

  • Initial Rollout – using a shared infrastructure
  • Mature, Grow and Scale – transitioning to a public-private model
  • Sustainability – national deployment, with interoperable exchange among private entities

One issue that needs to be addressed is meaningful trust. With a lot of different providers on a lot of different systems, the ability to create a standardized business model that can support all of these systems is challenging. Trust between two providers, as well as trust that the systems they’re using are secure is another challenge, as well as the patient-provider and HIE-HIE trust issues.

Another issue is the scale of the breaches with the advent of electronic systems. If there’s a breach or policy/procedure error, it may be very limited in the paper records world. But with an HIE, half a million PHI records can be left in a car, on a device – breaches have scaled up significantly in size with the advent of electronic record systems.

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Technology has the shelf life of a banana – Scott McNealy

The quickly developing technology for HIEs leads Matthews to surmise that the average HIE system may last for 2.5 years at most. We are moving very quickly through cycles of our understanding of the technology and our understanding of what promotes the trust and policy/procedure framework around HIE. It’s important to recognize the challenges that the different generations of HIE creates – while we may invest in an HIE and hope it brings a ROI over the next few years, by that time, we may be in another generation.


Increased Access = Increased Risk: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Against Medical Identity Theft

Kimberly Little and Bill Fox

Kimberly Little and Bill Fox

Speaker: Bill Fox, JD, MA of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Senior Director of Healthcare
Speaker: Kimberly Little, Director of Market Planning, Identity Management

The state of medical identity theft today:

  • Medical identity theft is on the rise, as it can be more profitable than regular information.
  • The average payout for medical identity theft is $20,000 – that’s ten times as much as regular identity theft at $2,000. As a result, the street value is 50 times more for medical than regular identity information.
Incidence of Medical Identity Theft in the U.S.

Incidence of Medical Identity Theft in the U.S.

  • The greatest number of medical identity theft incidents in the US is found in southern Florida.
  • There is a rapid rise of organized crime in healthcare for medical identity theft. Large-scaled organized crimes accounts for 90 percent of identity theft incidents.
  • Another form of identity misuse involves an individual that may loan an uninsured friend or family member their medical ID information to get medical services.
  • Sources of medical identity theft is most frequently caused by family members, second is data breaches, lost wallet and stolen mail.
  • In the last 18 months, on average, there is a breach occurring every other day.
Source of Security Breach

Source of Security Breach

  • Top sources of security breaches include unauthorized access to paper records at 34 percent, while compromised laptop/handheld devices ranks at 24 percent.
  • The most recurring perpetrators of security breaches are almost always employees or former employees. This is why access controls and change management controls are a few of the most important to have in place to prevent a data breach.

Consumer Identity Management

  • While we all want more convenient ways to access our records, more risk is created due to the availability of more channels/devices and more people using online resources – all of this creates the need for more regulations.
  • Identity management as the framework – it enables the individual to access the right resource at the right time, for the right reason and given the right circumstance.
  • Far too often, healthcare organizations fail to implement the critical identity management steps to address their identity risk concerns.
  • How to determine what methods should your company use – questions to ask yourself:
  1. What is the minimal amount of data i need to verify? What do we need to know?
  2. How can i establish if my customer is the owner of the identity presented?
  3. How can i address any identity-related compliance requirements?
Identity Management Workflow

Identity Management Workflow

  • Workflow:
  1. Discovery – who are you, what and where are you? It may also capture ID/geolocation and device use.
  2. After that, verification must prove that the information provided is valid. Verification is cross-referencing with authoritative source, may be an internal database or trusted third party.
  3. Authentication is the last step as part of establishing identity. Biometrics, device authentication and knowledge-based authentication can help with this step.
  • One best practice is to ask only for the information required to authorize and allow access – limit your scope of personal information collected or passed through the system.
  • The problem with the growing smartphone trend is the current reality that smartphone owners experience a higher rate of identity fraud than the general public. 1 in 3 smartphone owners don’t update to a new OS, 1 in 3 save login info on their device, and 2 in 3 do not use a password on their phone at all, allowing anyone access to their phone if lost or stolen.
  • Roughly 40% of robberies in US major cities involve the theft of a mobile phone. – FCC Chairman in April 2012
  • Best practice to avoid this is to use a multi-layered, risk-based identity proofing:
  1. Something you have (may be a valid prescription number)
  2. Verification of registration data
  3. Something you know: dynamic knowledge-based authentication
  • MFA (multi-factor authentication) has become mainstream – this may include adding one-time passwords and biometrics for higher risk transactions. [Online Tech’s use of two-factor authentication is another example of MFA – our second factor involves the use of mobile phones. Find out more in our two-factor authentication FAQ.]
  • A good authentication method should have a low total cost of ownership (TCO), a good user experience, and it should be usable with any system.