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Health data security and interoperability key for CIOs

CHICAGO --The health IT world is abuzz about cybersecurity.

In the wake of recent troubling breaches of health data, CIOs at healthcare providers of all sizes say that paramount among their immediate buying plans is investing in health data security.

We're going to triple down on data security.

Marc Probst,
vice president and CIO, Intermountain Healthcare

In this video, recorded at the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) CIO Forum at the HIMSS 2015 conference and exhibition in Chicago, three CIOs told SearchHealthIT about their technology buying plans and concerns. Health data security and interoperability top the list, with data analytics, population health and integrating personal wellness data into EHRs also top priorities for 2015 and beyond.

In the video, Marc Probst, vice president and CIO of Utah's Intermountain Healthcare, explained how his healthcare system is changing over from a homegrown system to an EHR platform from Cerner Corp., but that he still worries that lack of data interoperability harms patients.

"We're going to triple down on data security. It's paramount," Probst said, before adding that he thinks interoperability is far from where it needs to be. "Our patients are doing lots of new things. They're going to lots of different kinds of providers.

"The data's theirs," Probst continued. "The data's important to them. It's not interoperable."

Let us know what you think about this story on health data security; email Shaun Sutner, news and features writeror contact @SSutner on Twitter.

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