A group of highly respected IT security thought leaders is calling on the Obama administration to exercise existing powers to strengthen the processes the federal government employs to secure its information systems.
Because the nation lacks a single patient ID system, misidentification of patients is a danger when providers exchange records. That's why HIMSS has asked Congress to commission a patient data matching study.
Imagine sitting in a bar, as a stranger snaps a photo of you, and then uses that image to find out who you are using facial recognition technology. It's the type of practice that the staff of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants to discourage.
Employing cloud computing services could help organizations defend against the type of distributed denial of service attacks that have temporarily crippled the online service of major American banks, says NIST's Matthew Scholl.
State health insurance exchanges now in the formative stages should consider security practices widely used in online banking, says Bryce Williams, CEO at Extend Health, a commercial online health insurance exchange.
Researchers are studying how security best practices for healthcare organizations need to evolve. What current and emerging IT issues are they considering in their work? Researcher Carl Gunter explains.
Those who are implementing new health information exchanges should look for ways to leverage the best security practices of participating organizations, advises Chris Carmody, who heads a growing HIE in Western Pennsylvania.