New draft guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology instructs healthcare providers on critical steps for securing patient data on mobile devices.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.
An amended version of the 21st Century Cure bill has passed its first Congressional hurdle without revisions to provisions that would significantly change the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The bill also would set penalties for blocking information sharing.
If Karen DeSalvo, M.D., who now heads the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is confirmed by the Senate to a new post at HHS, ONC could gain more clout for its secure health data exchange efforts, some security experts say.
Electronic health record interoperability and secure health information exchange have been key areas of focus for federal health IT leaders in recent months. Now these topics are getting even more attention from Congress.
Any device that can communicate with anything else provides a potential open door for the valuable information it accesses and that an organization is responsible for protecting. In our rush to connect everything together, secure information handling is very often an afterthought, if ever even a thought at all.
We are possibly approaching a perfect storm of ePHI vulnerability. As the cyber defenses in other sectors mature, the portability of ePHI and its value increases and easy access becomes available from a host of devices, the opportunity of its theft increases.
It's almost impossible to defend against an enemy that you...
With PHI and PII increasingly becoming targets for theft - and steady rise of the resulting embarrassment, fraud, prosecutions and penalties - we need to take a fresh look at how best to protect this data from being exposed in the first place. An effective data protection strategy can only be arrived at by considering...