The Smart Card Alliance Health care Council will focus on educating the industry on the need for a solid, secure identity management infrastructure, its newly elected officers said.
“This has been an important year for the health care industry, with the federal government ready to invest over $19 billion in health care information technology as a result of the ARRA HITECH Act, and interest growing around the use of electronic medical records,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “The Health care Council has made a lot of progress this year, raising awareness of the need for a strong identity management infrastructure that is a necessary foundation for using electronic medical records, and introducing smart cards as a secure technology for health care applications.”
The officers and steering committee that will lead the Council for the upcoming year are:
- Chair: Paul Contino, Mount Sinai Medical Center·
- Vice chair: Michael Magrath, CSCIP, Gemalto
- Secretary: Dale Grogan, CSCIP, LifeMed / SMART Association
- Ola Martins, Oberthur Technologies
- Matthew Neuman, Giesecke & Devrient
This past year, the Health care Council partnered with the Secure ID Coalition on the health care IT briefing in Washington, DC, “Protecting Your Health Information: Raising Public Awareness of the Privacy and Security Challenges of Health care Information Management.”
The council continued educational efforts by collaborating with the Smart Card Alliance Identity Council on two papers addressing health care identity management, “Health care Identity Management: The Foundation for a Secure and Trusted National Health Information Network,” and “Effective Health care Identity Management: A Necessary First Step for Improving U.S. Health care Information Systems,” and hosting the webinar, “Identity Management in Health care.”
The Smart Card Alliance Health care Council is currently developing a position paper on data breaches and identity theft.