If you need one more reason to take additional steps to prevent health information breaches, here's something to consider. An attorney argues that if breaches, and their high costs, are not brought under control, "I think where we are headed is to an insurance crisis."
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.
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.
Revelations that Google's Gmail and Sony Pictures were both targeted by hackers highlights growing concerns about cybersecurity and the sophistication - and frequency - of attacks, as well as how to keep the public informed about such incidents.
"Just securing the data is no longer enough," says Trevor Hughes, head of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 'Privacy professionals, in addition, need to prepare for what happens when things go wrong."
Organizations looking to improve their privacy management in the event of a breach "have to continually plan and prepare," says Nationwide's Chief Privacy Officer Kirk Herath. That means putting into writing a comprehensive plan.
The recent Sony and Epsilon breaches sent a strong reminder that companies lack transparency and aren't prepared to respond to a breach once it occurs, says Kirk Herath, Chief Privacy Officer at Nationwide Insurance Companies.
From Epsilon to Sony, recent data breaches and legislative trends tell a dramatic story about the turbulent state of privacy worldwide, according to J. Trevor Hughes, head of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Organizations participating in the Nationwide Health Information Network initiative should use digital certificates that meet standards already required for federal agencies, the Privacy and Security Tiger Team is recommending.
The recent data breaches at Epsilon and Sony should send a chilling message to privacy officers everywhere. "You can't prepare enough," says Kirk Herath, chief privacy officer of Nationwide Insurance Companies.