Providing patients with more transparency into who's electronically requesting their health information can not only improve data privacy, but also help patients catch record errors and ID theft, says David Staggs, a participant in a new pilot.
The National Security Agency is piloting a new program, as a result of the Edward Snowden incident, in which systems administrators with top-secret clearance can access certain secret documents only with the approval of another colleague.
Because state HIEs vary in connectivity and interoperability levels, secure e-mail based on the Direct Project offers a dependable way of sharing patient data during a disaster, says Tia Tinney of the Southeast Region Collaborative for HIT.
A former respiratory therapist has pleaded guilty in an ID theft case involving more than 800 patient records. A security expert explains why detecting insider fraud can be difficult and offers prevention tips.
What can the Food and Drug Administration do to improve the security of medical devices? Sharon Finney, data security leader at Adventist Health System, offers her insights and also describes her organization's security efforts.
Under the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule, business associates and their subcontractors are now directly liable for HIPAA compliance. But what kinds of companies meet the definition of a business associate? Privacy attorney Stephen Wu explains.
Bruce McConnell, acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, says he'll resign from the Department of Homeland Security on Aug. 10, making him the third senior cybersecurity official to leave DHS this year. He's seen as one of DHS's leading cybersecurity theorists.
Draft legislation circulating in the Senate, if enacted, would serve as Congress' endorsement of President Obama's order to create best practices that industry could voluntarily adopt, says Jacob Olcott, the former counsel to the committee that wrote the bill.