The Obama Administration has unveiled a "digital government" strategy that requires federal agencies to launch new mobile applications. The strategy calls for standardized implementation of privacy controls.
Federal regulators have received hundreds of comments about proposed rules for Stage 2 of the HITECH Act EHR incentive program, sparking debate on many issues, including how to provide patients with prompt, secure access to their records.
The social network Myspace has settled with the Federal Trade Commission over misrepresenting its privacy policies by sharing personally identifiable information with advertisers without first getting permission from users.
Voluntary national standards, including privacy and security guidelines, for health information exchanges are inching forward. Federal authorities soon will seek comments on plans for a Nationwide Health Information Network Governance Rule.
Susan McAndrew of the HHS Office for Civil Rights provides insights about an omnibus package of regulations - including a revised version of the HIPAA breach notification rule - that's now in the final stages of review.
New federal privacy and security guidance for health information exchanges
provides a good framework, but the recommendations will need to be phased in over time, says the director of a statewide HIE initiative in Indiana.