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.
As the Department of Defense embarks on a multi-billion dollar project to overhaul its EHR system, supporting millions of military personnel, there are critical privacy and security challenges to be tackled.
As a result of a continuing investigation, the estimated number of organizations affected by a recent cyberattack on Web-based electronic health records vendor Medical Informatics Engineering and its personal health records subsidiary, NoMoreClipBoard, has ballooned.
New draft guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology instructs healthcare providers on critical steps for securing patient data on mobile devices. Nate Lesser, who helped prepare the report, offers an analysis.
Privacy advocate Deborah Peel, M.D., is worried that several ongoing healthcare sector initiatives could potentially erode patient privacy and individuals' control over their health records. Find out about her latest concerns.
Healthcare CIOs are lobbying for the creation of a unique national patient identifier to facilitate secure national health information exchange. Leslie Krigstein of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives explains the initiative.
A former hospital CFO has been sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for submitting false documents so a medical center could receive payments under the HITECH Act electronic health records financial incentive program.
Medical Information Engineering, which offers Web-hosted EHRs as well as personal health records, reports a hacker attack has exposed an undisclosed number of patients' health information and Social Security numbers.
A new final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services illustrates the critical role secure health data exchange will play in the coordination of care by participants in Accountable Care Organizations.
Our identities are clearly becoming more and more of a critical asset every day, providing us access to and authority within every aspect of our personal, medical, financial and professional lives. Because of this, the value of our identities, especially those that can be created from healthcare information is...
Some healthcare associations are seeking more clarity from federal regulators about security and privacy requirements proposed for Stage 3 of the HITECH Act "meaningful use" incentive program for electronic health records. Find out their concerns.