As officials prepare a public relations campaign to educate consumers about the privacy of electronically exchanged healthcare information, they're seeking additional information about the public's attitudes on the use of mobile devices to exchange data.
Medtronic's announcement that it's launching an "in-depth risk/benefit analysis" following an "ethical hack" of one of its insulin pumps is good news. We hope that Medtronic and all other medical device manufacturers launch long-overdue, aggressive efforts to improve medical device safeguards.
The Department of Veterans Affairs expects to accommodate the use of in excess of 100,000 iPads and iPhones within 18 months, including a mix of government-owned and personal mobile devices, says Roger Baker, CIO.
ID theft expert Joanna Crane wonders whether banks, government agencies and healthcare providers do enough to assist consumers with ID theft recovery, saying consumer expectations are often loftier than what's being done to meet the demand.
Heavily regulated industries like banking and healthcare have been reluctant to make the virtualized leap to the cloud, fearing a loss of control could open them to unforeseen risk. Are their concerns unfounded?
New research from Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute provides further evidence why IT security isn't just the problem of an enterprise's security organization but of its top non-IT leadership as well.
RelayHealth, a unit of McKesson that offers information exchange services, has won a contest designed to demonstrate implementation of the "Blue Button" approach to securely downloading certain patient records.
"We shouldn't make the false choice between security and innovation," Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel says. "In fact, innovation can make us more secure as long as we build security into everything we do."
As it seeks information from vendors about implementing a more robust mobile device management system to ensure security, the Department of Veteran's Affairs has reported its first case of a stolen iPad.