(Part two of a four-part series)
The HITECH Act provides strong new incentives for healthcare organizations to create comprehensive data security plans and train their staffs on how to keep personal health information secure.
Demand for qualified information security professionals is beginning to grow in healthcare.
The HITECH Act, which established tougher penalties and broader enforcement of enhanced versions of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, is proving to be a powerful catalyst for ramping up information security. Plus, as...
The Obama Administration on Feb. 1 released a summary of its fiscal 2011 budget proposal that includes a 28% increase in funding for a unit that plays a major role in ensuring the privacy and security of health information.
Completing security risk assessments for a long list of applications and providing information security training to its entire staff are two of the top priorities for 2010 at Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the nation's largest academic medical centers.
In an interview, Stephanie Reel, vice president for information...
Whether a hospital has a chief information security officer is dependent, in large part, on the size of the facility.
For example, while many academic medical centers have a CISO and a team of security experts, many community hospitals, faced with budget constraints, do not. Instead, the CIO and members of his...
(Part one of a four-part series)
For years, healthcare organizations have faced federal requirements to comply with HIPAA privacy and security rules. But those rules had no teeth because they were rarely enforced.
Last year's passage of the HITECH Act toughened the rules, mandated ramped-up enforcement and...
Information Security Media Group (ISMG) announces the launch of HealthcareInfoSecurity.com, a multimedia site providing news, insights and education on information security, risk management and privacy in the healthcare industry.
The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute for Standards and Technology is seeking bids due February 5 for a company to help it develop a method to measure the usability of health information technology, including electronic health records.
"The framework includes development, refinement and harmonization of...
Welcome to HealthcareInfoSecurity.com, a media site with news, insights and education on healthcare privacy, risk management and information security.
Information Security Media Group, which offers similar information security/risk management sites for banking, credit unions and government, brought me on board to...
Patients have a right to know when their information was disclosed or breached. And so does the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and in some extreme cases, your local news media - largely because of the HITECH Act.
Hospitals and physician group practices that want to get incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid for using electronic health records must use software that meets new federal "certification" standards. And those pending standards require the software to offer encryption and an access control mechanism.