Just how common are information breaches at hospitals? That depends on which survey you believe.
For example, a survey of 220 hospitals released April 20 found that 84 percent of U.S. hospitals have at least one breach incident a year, and 42 percent have at least 10 incidents. Earlier this month, another survey...
A review of this week's top news items, including:
Breach Alert: Copiers Are a Risk
HITECH Act Compliance for Business Associates
Privacy Concerns a Roadblock to PHRs
After listening to this overview, be sure to check out all of the week's news and views at HealthcareInfoSecurity.com
When will federal regulators draft long-awaited privacy and security rules for personal health records? So far, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services are being tight-lipped on the subject. Asked about the status of the rules, which, under the HITECH Act, were due in February, an HHS spokesman would...
A Boston physician had his unencrypted laptop stolen while he was visiting South Korea for a lecture. But the computer contained a tracking device that later was used to disable the hard drive, rendering information permanently unreadable.
As more healthcare organizations ramp up their use of electronic health records, some are concluding that using biometric technology to verify patients' identities can help improve patient safety and prevent identity theft.
Why would a clinic serving uninsured and Medicaid patients in New York City invest in futuristic iris scanners? Because the technology helps the clinic avoid calling up the wrong patient record because of mistaken identity and also serves as a useful fraud prevention tool.
Just when you think you've heard about all the potential ways healthcare information can be breached comes word of an insurance company that forgot to empty a filing cabinet it donated along with other surplus office furniture.
Healthcare organizations must revamp their business associate contracts to help ensure compliance with the HITECH Act's breach notification rule, says security expert Tom Walsh.
In an interview, Walsh points out that under the rule, business associates, such as banks, billing firms and software companies, that have...