The Department of Veteran Affairs' implementation of an electronic health records system from the same vendor used by the Department of Defense likely will improve the security of vets' health data, but the move presents many new challenges, some health data security experts say.
The 21st Century Cures Act presents a number of critical but challenging issues pertaining to the advancement of nationwide secure health information exchange that federal regulators must address, David Kibbe, M.D., president and CEO of DirectTrust, explains in this in-depth interview.
The Trump administration's detailed budget proposal for fiscal 2018 calls for hefty cuts for the two Department of Health and Human Services agencies responsible for health data privacy and security issues, including HIPAA enforcement. What's the potential impact?
This case study is from a large healthcare organization, with dozens of hospitals and tens of thousands of employees who wanted to expand their ability to assess manage and respond to security risks across the enterprise. Their home-grown tools and spreadsheets were inefficient, not able to scale and presented...
As President Trump approaches day 100 of his presidency April 29, it's time to assess the impact of his administration so far on health data privacy, security and related health IT issues. Do we have any more clarity now than we did when he took office in January?
Federal regulators are considering the role that blockchain technology could play in advancing the secure exchange of healthcare information, says Steve Posnack of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, who explains ongoing research efforts.
When it comes to health data privacy and security issues, industry experts aren't sure what to expect from Tom Price, M.D., the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. But they offer a wish list of what they hope will happen.
Blockchain, the distributed ledger technology for cryptocurrency, has the potential to improve the privacy and security of health information exchange, says Shahram Ebadollahi, vice president of innovations at IBM Watson, which is collaborating with the FDA on a research project.
Critical issues that must be addressed to pave the way for broader exchange of health information are expanding the use of multifactor authentication and data encryption and making broad improvements in identity management, says David Kibbe, M.D., president and CEO of DirectTrust.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 as one of the most significant pieces of healthcare-related legislation in U.S. history. Once viewed as a "paper tiger," it has taken many years for the full impact of HIPAA's data security provisions to be...
In an effort to help advance secure nationwide health data exchange, federal regulators have released an updated online tool to help healthcare entities and technology developers sort through critical standards and implementation specifications. Learn why some thought leaders are giving the guide a thumbs up.
The National Governors Association, in a new road map for improving nationwide secure health data exchange, proposes that states attempt to better align their privacy laws to the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule to help remove legal barriers.
Synchronoss' Tracy Hulver on New Identity Strategies for Connected Healthcare Threats
Attackers have healthcare entities in their crosshairs, and their favorite targets are easily compromised credentials. Tracy Hulver of Synchronoss Technologies offers new ideas for how security leaders can reduce risk and protect...