The web-services protocol developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology allows desktops, laptops, e-tablets and smartphones to access sensors that capture biometric data such as fingerprints, iris and face images.
Voluntary national standards, including privacy and security guidelines, for health information exchanges are inching forward. Federal authorities soon will seek comments on plans for a Nationwide Health Information Network Governance Rule.
Susan McAndrew of the HHS Office for Civil Rights provides insights about an omnibus package of regulations - including a revised version of the HIPAA breach notification rule - that's now in the final stages of review.
The UK has announced the first fine against a National Health Service unit for a breach in violation of the Data Protection Act. The Aneurin Bevan Health Board in Wales was fined Â£70,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for sending sensitive patient information to the wrong person.
Accretive Health Inc., a Chicago-based medical debt collection agency, has filed a motion to dismiss the Minnesota attorney general's lawsuit against the company that stems, in part, from a data breach incident involving a stolen unencrypted laptop.