Hospitals preparing for a potential government audit of their HIPAA security rule compliance should "build a continual state of readiness," says David Wiseman, information security manager at Saint Luke's Health System, Kansas City, Mo.
Chief information security officers need to be able to translate technical projects into clear business terms, says Todd Fitzgerald, co-author of the book, "CISO Leadership Skills: Essential Principles for Success."
In an interview, Fitzgerald:
Describes the managerial skills that CISOs need;
Outlines how to...
The federal government's new list of major healthcare breaches is far too difficult to find. While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is living up to the letter of the law in posting the list deep within its Office for Civil Rights' Web site, it's sure making it difficult to reach the list.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has posted a preliminary draft of its "Health IT Strategic Framework" that spells out, among other things, its proposed federal privacy and security strategies.
The American Hospital Association is calling on federal regulators to refine the "meaningful use" rule for the new Medicare and Medicaid electronic health records incentive program to make the security requirements more clear-cut.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has added its name to the list of organizations complaining about the proposed timeline for achieving the "meaningful use" criteria to qualify for federal EHR incentive payments.
Widespread implementation of encryption is a top priority at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, thanks, in large part, to the "safe harbor" in the HITECH breach notification rule, says Michael Mucha, information security officer.
He notes that organizations that use the proper form of encryption don't have to report...
A risk analysis should not be an annual event, but rather an ongoing process that's revisited whenever a healthcare organization adds or changes any application. That's the advice of Kenneth Bradberry, vice president and chief technology officer at ACS, a consulting firm recently acquired by Xerox.
In an interview...
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt isn't buying into the grim forecasts that the United States is ill prepared to defend the government's and nation's critical information assets from an immense virtual attack by political adversaries or cyber criminals.
UAB Health System in Birmingham, Ala., is tackling a long list of information security projects, including updating intrusion detection and prevention systems.
In an interview, Terrell Herzig, HIPAA security officer, outlines priority projects, including:
Expanding the use of encryption;
C. Warren Axelrod is a veteran banking/security executive and thought-leader, and in an exclusive interview at the RSA Conference 2010 he discusses top security trends and threats, including:
Axelrod is currently executive advisor for the Financial...