Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA), a Washington, D.C.-based CEO public policy and advocacy group composed of security software, hardware and service vendors to address key cyber security issues, has released its recommendations for the development of a secure electronic health care system.These recommendations are designed to support the nation's first strategic framework report on a 10-year initiative to develop electronic health records and other uses of health information technology, which was announced today by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and David J. Brailer, M.D., Ph. D., the National Health Information Technology Coordinator.

The HHS plan for a national health information infrastructure comes in response to President Bush's initiative to provide all Americans with access to electronic medical records within the next 10 years. A modern technology infrastructure will allow quick, reliable access to information that promotes the best possible care while also saving billions in administration costs. Such a system requires the highest standards of privacy protection, which can be achieved through the right combination of information security technology and best practices. CSIA believes that privacy of information and security controls should be addressed from the beginning of the planning process to ensure that trust in the network is established from its launch.

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