The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has selected the American National Standards Institute to accredit organizations that will certify electronic health records software for the HITECH Act EHR incentive program.
After hearing objections from hospitals and physicians about a proposed "opt-in" approach to obtaining patient consent for health information exchange, the Maine legislature has passed a rewritten measure that spells out rules for an "opt-out" approach.
The executive director of a Southern California health information exchange describes a pilot project that's testing whether patient identifiers make it easier to match patients to their records from multiple organizations.
The Health IT Policy Committee on June 8 made recommendations on a number of privacy and security issues, including the use of digital certificates by participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network initiative.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced a new program of prizes and competitions that's designed to spur innovations in health IT, including projects that address privacy and security.
Melissa Hathaway, at a cybersecurity forum for lawyers, calls for the cybersecurity education of judges so justice could be served in an era of digital assaults. She also explains how the Sony breach provides a new path for malware.
Victimized by a hack of its SecurID authentication token that resulted in the breaches of several customers' IT systems, security maker RSA is expected to announce its first chief security officer as early as Friday.
Healthcare organizations need to implement role-based privacy and security training to identify specific types of education for employees with different levels of access to protected health information, says Alex Eremia, chief privacy officer at MedStar Health.
A personalized medicine project leveraging genetic information holds great promise for improving patient treatment but raises certain privacy issues, says Scott Megill, CIO at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research.
Art Coviello, RSA's executive chairman, confirms that information taken from RSA in March had been used as an element of an attempted broader attack discovered late last month on SecurID customer and defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
Despite improvement in organizations' abilities to plan for and predict disasters, they still lack an effective response. In fact, the biggest gap in business continuity today is understanding, says Lyndon Bird, director at the Business Continuity Institute.