The Information Security Media Group conducts an annual Healthcare Information Security Survey with the assistance of members of the Healthcare Info Security board of advisers that includes leading healthcare information security and IT experts. Respondents included about 200 chief information security officers, CIOs,...
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to more closely scrutinize federal regulators' oversight of the security controls that healthcare providers and business associates use to protect electronic patient information. It also will review FDA oversight of medical device cybersecurity.
Now that it has issued a 10-year roadmap for secure, interoperable health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has a number of privacy-related projects planned for 2016, says Lucia Savage, ONC's chief privacy officer. She spells those out in this in-depth interview.
Overcoming misperceptions about the HIPAA Privacy Rule will prove vital to achieving nationwide, secure health data exchange, says attorney Jodi Daniel, who until recently helped develop federal policy.
Devin Jopp, CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, describes a new effort to develop recommendations for how to protect genomic data as it's exchanged, as is called for under President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative.
A recent agreement among 12 electronic health record vendors to support an effort to create a voluntary set of metrics assessing the interoperability of their products could potentially be a step toward easing secure health information exchange, says Kent Gale of the research firm KLAS.
A number of short-term and long-term hurdles, including technology and policy issues, stand in the way of achieving secure, interoperable, nationwide health information exchange, says David Kibbe, M.D., of DirectTrust, which maintains a secure email framework.
A podiatrist, his wife and the CEO of a healthcare firm have been indicted in a Medicare fraud case that allegedly involved an electronic medical records system deliberately configured to submit falsified medical claims.
As part of a government campaign to discourage health information "blocking," a federal agency warns that donations - such as from a hospital to a physician - of electronic health record software that has limited ability to securely exchange data are potential violations of federal anti-kickback laws.
The protection of patients' health data is a fundamental principle deeply woven throughout federal regulators' new 10-year roadmap for interoperable health data exchange. While some experts say the plan is on the right track, others say more work is needed.
Two final rules for the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program strongly emphasize the value of risk assessments and encryption as measures for safeguarding patient information. Here's an analysis of the details.
The Department of Health and Human Services has released final rules for the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program that address privacy and security issues. HHS has also released its final "interoperability roadmap" designed to guide progress toward health data exchange.
Privacy and security challenges are among the key obstacles to achieving electronic health records interoperability and nationwide secure exchange of health information, according to a new report. But a federal official tells a Senate committee efforts are underway to overcome the challenges.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is revamping its guidance on the cybersecurity of wireless infusion pumps. Gavin O'Brien of NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence describes the effort to tackle an issue that's attracting attention in the wake of a recent FDA alert.
In the wake of hacker attacks, which have left healthcare providers uncertain about what security steps to take, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is working to help organizations sort out role-based identity and access management issues, says ONC's privacy officer, Lucia Savage.