But Morris Panner, CEO of DICOM Grid, contends that HIPAA's mixed messages leave organizations, "paralyzed for fear of committing an unwitting violation.
"On the one hand, we are encouraged to digitize health information, which makes it easier to share. On the other, we are penalized if we make errors in how we share information."
Panner argued that regulators, "need to create appropriate safe harbors for sharing information." The balance between sharing and securing information is hard, he acknowledged, "but right now we aren't even trying."
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