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HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Dr. S. Vincent Grasso, an adjunct professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Stevens Institute of Technology and founder of Technology Integrations for Medical Applications Inc. (TIMA), and Thomas Cattabiani, special lecturer in chemistry and chemical ciology, co-hosted a roundtable discussion at Stevens concerning Advanced Data Security and Audit Protocols for Electronic Medical Records with the intention of creating a research lab at Stevens for addressing these issues.

Several of the round table's notable guests included William L. Anderson, president and CEO of Cryptek; J. Anthony Forstmann of Forstmann and Co.; Brian Lichtlin, CEO of Medappz; and Charles McElwee, director of healthcare services for Data Processing Solutions.

A recent article in Healthcare IT News reported via the results of an online survey of security and information, security officers covering the gap between risks and threats to information and protocols to address these issues. In the healthcare industry, 46 percent of respondents perceived the gap as widening, while only 25 percent of executives in the financial and IT industries viewed it so.

Information security executives ranked current employees (59 percent) as the greatest threat to their organizations' security, followed by terminated employees (43 percent), trusted third parties (37 percent) and external sources (27 percent).

The recent mishandlings and theft of personal data from approximately 26 million US veterans and a major online travel booking organization, due to an employee and third-party consulting respectively, is alarming and reinforces the above finding via the conducted survey.

Concerning the theft of medical data, it is surprising to note that in Colorado, it is considered only a Class 6 Felony, ranking it slightly higher than a misdemeanor.

The panel at Stevens concluded that a more stringent protocol for assuring as best as possible the integrity
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Contact: Stephanie Mannino
smannino@stevens.edu
201-216-5602
Stevens Institute of Technology
7-Jun-2006


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