Thursday, November 10, 2005

Revealed Secrets of the Whispering Moon

Man bites dog! Lions bunk with lambs! Mariners win the pennant!
OK, maybe not the last one, dangit. But almost. Here, from Monsters and Critics, is someone who thinks HIPAA doesn't go far enough!

'Simply put, we don`t think the legal protection under HIPAA is sufficient for the technological development planned -- we`re not opposed to the technology, but we feel there should be more safeguards when (transmitting) some medical information,' Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C., told United Press International.

Put that way, I have to agree. Only problem, there is huge resistance to the technology as it is. As Mr. Rotenberg points out farther down in the article, the financial world has far more stringent safeguards, and they still get hacked. The technology is there, but the healthcare world lacks the will, the vision, and let's face it, the motivation or interest. Very few people enter the healthcare field hoping to work with encryption algorythms and virtual private networking protocols.
I love Monsters and Critics. They are not always right, but they always stir things up.

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