One of the overarching themes of this year's annual health information data security conference, "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security"--jointly hosted this week by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights--was the issue of patient trust.
Many of the speakers offered ways to better secure data, such as strengthening contracts with EHR vendors, training staff about proper social media and mobile device use, and the like.
But no one seemed to address the issue of how those things will translate into increased patient trust. Should providers tell patients of their efforts? Or let the absence of a security breach speak for itself?