Human genome sequencing can support groundbreaking research leading to improved treatments. But before genetic testing can become common, privacy issues need to be tackled, says Lisa M. Lee, who heads a presidential advisory panel.
How can hospitals and physicians prepare to comply with the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program's Stage 2 privacy and security requirements? Federal privacy officer Joy Pritts provides insights.
President Obama has not yet reviewed the draft of a proposed executive order to create a process to establish IT security best practices that private owners of critical infrastructure could voluntarily adopt, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano says.
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to scrutinize whether any HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments have been inappropriately issued and review HIPAA compliance enforcement efforts.
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.