At Techumen we recognize that health care providers have highly complex clinical and business processes. In turn, these core functions rely on a large, distributed, computing and communications environment. We also recognize that the demands on computing for health care will be heightened as burgeoning new care areas like population health with its attendant large data sets, precision and genomic medicine, patient-driven care protocols, networked medical instrumentation, and telehealth become firmly entrenched in care-giving.
This paper aims to explain why software security is fundamental and imperative to health IT transformation. With the recent passage of Health Care Reform and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) acts, the nation has reason to be optimistic for significant positive change. The HITECH act of 2009 in particular, sets the stage for vastly improved sharing of electronic health information. If successfully realized, we can expect better patient care, lower administrative costs, and less fraud and waste.