InformationWeek, February 24, 2011
When it comes to the complex, fine print involved with meaningful use, many larger hospitals and integrated health delivery networks are turning to private sector health IT consulting experts for help. The level of third-party services being sought by large healthcare providers ranges from assistance in deploying and tweaking EHR and computerized physician order entry systems to examining and testing those systems and related processes for potential data security or patient privacy problems. Deloitte is among the IT consulting firms reporting an uptick in demand from healthcare clients for data security and privacy-related help, including risk management and regulation compliance. "We're seeing tremendous activity -- there are shortages of experienced people for security," Mitch Morris, a principal in Deloitte's healthcare and life sciences practice, told InformationWeek. There?s increasing competition for security expertise among healthcare providers, hospitals, and even software companies involved with e-health records and other HITECH Act-related technology roll-outs.