Two organizations have received federal funding to support projects, including development of security best practices, designed to pave the way for nationwide health information exchange. Claudia Williams of ONC describes the goals.
An advisory panel is outlining how to address privacy and security issues involved in the exchange of patient information among healthcare providers using the query and response method. How will the recommendations be put to use?
The federal HIPAA compliance audit program won't resume until this fall at the soonest, says Susan McAndrew of the HHS Office for Civil Rights. She describes specific steps that organizations can take to prepare.
Intel has added privacy to the portfolio of its top information security executive, Malcolm Harkins, who says too many information security professionals are "color blind or tone deaf" to privacy, wrongly thinking strong data protection provides privacy safeguards.
As hospitals and clinics plow ahead with their HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance efforts, they should also remind patients to be careful when communicating their own health information. A clinical psychologist offers practical insights.
The National Institutes of Health is tackling security challenges as it rolls out many "big data" research endeavors involving human genomes and other sensitive data. Research director Eric Green describes the issues.
The health advocacy group Genetic Alliance on April 5 will unveil a registry designed to enable patients to control how health information is shared with researchers. Spokesman Greg Biggers discusses privacy measures.
Getting inspectors general and agencies' IT security heads to agree on how best to evaluate information security should strengthen U.S. federal government agencies' risk management frameworks, say former OMB leaders Karen Evans and Franklin Reeder.