Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has the experience that could help move the office from strategy development to execution on a number of issues, including the privacy and security of health information, some observers say.
U.S. Cyber Challenge will hold a series of competitions aimed primarily at college students as part of its April Cyber Quest series, with winners receiving invitations to attend one of several cyber camps to be offered this summer.
Joy Pritts of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT says the office intends to develop standards that would give patients the ability to exclude clinicians from accessing certain portions of their electronic health records.
The Influencers is a continuing series of profiles of the people who help shape healthcare information security and privacy policies.
Farzad Mostashari, M.D.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Most furloughed federal employees would have had to turn in their BlackBerries and other mobile devices in a U.S. government shutdown. Just as well, using the technology could have resulted in an employee landing in the slammer.
The Privacy and Security Tiger Team is advocating requiring participants in Stage 2 of the HITECH Act's electronic health record incentive program to verify how they are keeping stored data secure, such as through encryption.
Defining essential federal information systems, such as those at the Department of Health and Human Services, to keep operating during a partial government shutdown could prove more complex than defining essential federal workers not to furlough.
It's serious news that RSA's SecurID solution has been the target of an advanced persistent threat. But "It's not a game-changer," says Stephen Northcutt, CEO of SANS Institute. "Anybody who says it is [a game-changer] is an alarmist."