HHS is acknowledging the need to ensure healthcare organizations of all sizes have timely access to the latest cyberthreat intelligence. But the agency needs to take prompt, bold leadership action on this issue.
Healthcare organizations are still struggling to make sense of all the emerging cyberthreats they face and figure out how best to share the latest intelligence and stretch limited security resources. But some are making bold moves.
Healthcare has had several recent loud alarms that it's not immune to the kinds of cyber-attacks that are more common in other sectors. It's time to wake up and ramp up the information sharing, alerts and guidance.
It's hurricane season, but natural and man-made disasters can happen anytime. Unfortunately, healthcare organizations are often unprepared for how to rebound so their data operations continue to run smoothly and securely in the wake of a crisis.
It's well known that lost or stolen unencrypted computing devices account for the majority of large health data breaches. But a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shines a light on how frequently breaches - especially smaller ones - involve paper records.
After receiving much criticism over the privacy and security provisions for HealthCare.gov, it's good to see HHS taking action to help ensure that "navigators" who assist consumers with getting insurance coverage adequately protect patient privacy.
As federal regulators weigh changes in the requirements for the HITECH Act electronic health record financial incentive program, it's essential that they adequately address privacy and security issues.
The basis of any good security program is conducting a thorough and timely risk analysis; but that can be difficult for smaller healthcare organizations. That's why a federal agency will soon unveil an app designed to make the process easier.