Healthcare organizations should carefully document all necessary breach investigation and notification actions and responsibilities to avoid chaos when an incident occurs, says Dawn Morgenstern, privacy official at the Walgreens national drugstore chain.
2011 has offered quite a number of tough lessons for security professionals. Here at (ISC)2, where security education is our focus, the close of another year raises the old teacher's question: "What have we learned, class?"
Contra Costa County, Calif., has sent out notification letters to residents whose names were referenced in a public document posted to the county's website regarding debts owed to the Health Services Department.
A key to developing a successful data breach prevention, detection and notification program is to gain buy-in from senior management and board members, says Bob Krenek of ExperianÂ® Data Breach Resolution.
Penetration tests that demonstrate how an unauthorized user could gain access to patient information can be effective in building support for a bigger information security budget, says David Kennedy of Diebold, Incorporated.
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Physician group practices, many of which are adopting their first electronic health record system, need to make staff training on privacy and security issues a top priority, says Susan Turney, M.D., the new CEO at the Medical Group Management Association.
In addition to the negative publicity associated with being included on the federal tally of major health information breaches, some organizations are experiencing yet another impact of breaches: class action lawsuits.
The ongoing delay in the release of final versions of HIPAA modifications and the HIPAA breach notification rule makes it more difficult for healthcare organizations to set information security investment priorities, says hospital privacy officer Kari Myrold.