While the HITECH Act is jump-starting the shift from paper to electronic health records with its incentive payments, a presidential panel is envisioning a next generation of EHRs that embed privacy protections using XML.
Key factors making the security landscape riskier are the rapid rise of social networking, the growing reliance on cloud computing and the growing sophistication, criminalization and organization of hackers, a new survey shows.
American consumers need to know that personal health records must follow government-mandated guidelines for ensuring privacy and security, just as is the case for electronic health records. Otherwise, the use of PHRs may never become widespread.
In its second report card on the Obama Administration's privacy policies, the Electronic Privacy Information Center points out what it sees as many shortcomings, saving its harshest criticism for the area of civil liberties.
As the federal government attempts to crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud, officials have discovered that most medical schools don't offer training on how to comply with federal fraud and abuse laws.