A group of state health information exchange organizers and technology vendors has developed a set of technical specifications designed to standardize securely connecting electronic health records to health information exchanges.
Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into a new practice in which credit agencies keep estimates of individuals' personal information such as medication use and personal income from consumers.
Improving regulatory compliance efforts is the No. 1 information security priority for healthcare organizations in the year ahead. That's a key finding of the inaugural Healthcare Information Security Today survey.
Accountable Care Organizations that will be formed to coordinate treatment of some Medicare patients must take steps to comply with HIPAA - as well as additional privacy requirements - as they share patient data among participating providers, says security expert Rebecca Herold.
As officials prepare a public relations campaign to educate consumers about the privacy of electronically exchanged healthcare information, they're seeking additional information about the public's attitudes on the use of mobile devices to exchange data.
Medtronic's announcement that it's launching an "in-depth risk/benefit analysis" following an "ethical hack" of one of its insulin pumps is good news. We hope that Medtronic and all other medical device manufacturers launch long-overdue, aggressive efforts to improve medical device safeguards.
The Department of Veterans Affairs expects to accommodate the use of in excess of 100,000 iPads and iPhones within 18 months, including a mix of government-owned and personal mobile devices, says Roger Baker, CIO.
ID theft expert Joanna Crane wonders whether banks, government agencies and healthcare providers do enough to assist consumers with ID theft recovery, saying consumer expectations are often loftier than what's being done to meet the demand.
A new federal rule setting the final guidelines for Accountable Care Organizations under federal healthcare reform gives patients the opportunity to veto the sharing of their Medicare claims data with ACOs.