A bipartisan group of five senators has asked a watchdog agency to produce "clear recommendations" for how to make sure the right patients are matched to the right records to help improve the quality of care and crack down on medical and identity fraud. But will that require a national patient identifier?
Healthcare organizations, regardless of size, IT resources and budget, are faced with adequately protecting sensitive information and complying with HIPAA, PCI and other requirements. But many organizations that need to develop more mature cybersecurity programs struggle with where to start. What will deliver the most...
Data protection legislation and regulatory enforcement actions are rapidly changing throughout the world, having an immediate impact on how organizations globally approach cybersecurity, privacy, breach notification and data storage and protection. Too frequently, however, U.S. healthcare organizations have built...
Recent changes by the HHS to the certification program for electronic health record software could potentially weaken efforts to ensure EHRs meet federal requirements, including those that impact security, says attorney Maya Uppaluru, who formerly was on the HHS staff.
The deadly hurricane season has prompted federal regulators to issue several specific HIPAA waivers in recent weeks. But are such waivers really necessary? And what actions can healthcare providers take during a crisis even without a waiver?
Through an ongoing series of Healthcare Security Readiness workshops, key gaps in how healthcare organizations defend against cybercrime hacking have emerged. Has your organization assessed and mitigated gaps in security...or are even aware of what they are?
In the following ISMG interview transcript, David...
An ongoing series of Healthcare Security Readiness workshops reveals some key gaps in how healthcare organizations defend against cybercrime hacking. How should entities assess and mitigate these gaps? David Houlding of Intel shares insights.
The new head of the agency that enforces HIPAA says his top enforcement priority for the coming year is to find a "big, juicy, egregious" breach case to use as an example from which others can learn. What else is on Roger Severino's agenda?
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An interview with the head of a new cyber initiative to help political campaigns and local, state and federal election officials safeguard America's electoral process. Also, analyzing the evolving characteristics of the healthcare breach.
Nuance has issued an unusual public letter to customers explaining why the medical transcription services vendor has decided not to report the NotPetya malware attack on the company to federal regulators as HIPAA breach. How did Nuance make its determination?
A hacker attack on a women's healthcare clinic that impacted 300,000 patients ranks as the second largest ransomware-related health data breach reported to federal regulators. Why did it take months before the clinic detected the malware?
HHS has made changes to a website widely referred to as the "wall of shame" that lists major health data breaches. The changes came after some members of Congress complained that the website unfairly exposes breached organizations to endless public scrutiny.
Two GOP senators are asking federal regulators to recoup potentially millions of dollars worth of allegedly inappropriate EHR incentive payments made under the HITECH Act. If the money is clawed back, what's the potential impact on data security spending?