Healthcare CISOs and other security and privacy leaders must carefully assess HHS' proposed new rules designed to help prevent the blocking of health information sharing and consider how they might "operationalize" the provisions within their organizations, says attorney Jodi Daniel.
Among the hundreds of responses to a federal request for comments about potential changes to the HIPAA rules were suggestions for "safe harbors" that would shelter organizations with strong security strategies from HIPAA enforcement actions after a health data breach.
Indiana University Health is evaluating the use of blockchain in two areas to improve healthcare information security, Mitch Parker, CISO, says in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference. He sizes up the potential risks and benefits.
Proposed rules released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services aim to define and discourage inappropriate blocking of the secure sharing of health information, Elise Sweeney Anthony of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT explains in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights is paying particular attention to complaints involving patients' access to their health information; it's also focusing on investigations of organizations with patterns of HIPAA noncompliance, Nick Heesters of the agency explains in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference.
The digital revolution has given healthcare organizations new tools to increase team efficiency and improve their customer experience. But it's also opened up new vectors that cybercriminals can use to attack. As your attack surface expands to infrastructure that you don't own or control, becomes increasingly...
Where is the greatest potential for the implementation of blockchain in healthcare? Attorney Steven Teppler discusses the possibilities for the distributed ledger technology as well as its security pros and cons.
Will the Department of Health and Human Services' request for feedback on potential changes to HIPAA eventually result in modifications to the regulation, including certain provisions that touch on privacy and security issues? There's a long road to travel before any changes actually might get made.
Healthcare is the 2nd biggest contributing industry to overall breaches in 2017 with 334 breaches. Data breaches are crippling to any business, but are extra hard on healthcare organizations, considering the vast amount of sensitive information consumers trust them with and the irreparable damage to reputation that...
Organizations that don't properly guard their employees' healthcare data and violate HIPAA privacy standards are liable for large fines and often suffer significant brand damage and other negative consequences.
If hackers break into a healthcare company's systems, or an employee leaves a laptop in a coffee shop or...
The healthcare industry is now the second most targeted vertical in the world, however despite increased regulatory oversight, cyber threat awareness and security investments, breaches continue to happen. Personal health information (PHI) and electronic health records (EHR) are particularly sensitive as they are...
Although the passage by Congress of the Support for Patients and Communities Act this week is an important step in the nation's battle against the opioid drug addiction crisis, it lacks a critical privacy provision, says Geisinger Health CIO John Kravitz, who analyzes the implications.
As CISOs, CIOs and privacy officers look for ways to boost the timely, secure sharing of healthcare information to improve treatment, one obstacle that potentially stands in the way is CFR-42 Part 2, a 1970s-era regulation. Dozens of healthcare organizations are pushing Congress to change that regulation.