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WLSA: Patient data security, ownership are hot mHealth Summit topics

Patient data ownership is still misunderstood in health IT, and patient data security is becoming a more difficult problem to solve.

Rob McCrayRob McCray

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Giving patients their health data isn't enough to positively affect outcomes, said Rob McCray, president and CEO of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA). Giving them price transparency or windows into what healthcare services and procedures cost, as well as performance data for competing providers, however, will.

McCray sat down with SearchHealthIT at the 2013 mHealth Summit to discuss these matters as well as those of patient data ownership and how it dovetails with data privacy and security compliance. McCray also discussed how the National Security Agency's monitoring of citizens on large websites owned by Google, Microsoft and others might spill over into patients' trust of health IT. He closed with advice for chief information officers trying to beef up patient data security on their wireless networks.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Don Fluckinger, news director or contact @DonFluckinger on Twitter.

This was first published in December 2013

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