The United Kingdom and the United States are both cracking down on healthcare organizations that have experienced information breaches. But they're taking very different approaches. Which approach will prove most effective?
The recent theft of an unencrypted laptop computer containing information on more than 9,500 patients of a hospital and a home health agency has Connecticut's Attorney General asking for an explanation.
"We find it hard to believe that there are any reasons or basis to oppose this legislation," presidential counterterrorism adviser John Brennan says of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. "I'm just very puzzled as to why individuals would oppose this."
Amidst the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire, we need to ask: How could this happen? How could a medical technician even be hired after being fired at least twice by other hospitals?
After a breach, some organizations meet the minimum requirements for notification and then hope for the best. The Utah Department of Health is taking a very different approach that's worthy of imitation.