Because social media pose significant risks to patient privacy, healthcare organizations need to develop detailed social media policies. But unfortunately, many organizations have yet to take that action.
Trust has been a murky trait on the Internet since its inception. Remember the New Yorker cartoon? A dog, sitting by a PC, says: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." It's hard to trust what you see on the Net. That's more true today than ever.
The Health IT Policy Committee has endorsed best practices for giving patients clear and simple guidance regarding how to safeguard electronic health records when viewing or downloading them, such as through a hospital's or clinic's portal.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights should carefully consider comments received on its proposal to require healthcare organizations to provide patients with a complete list of everyone who has electronically viewed their information.
Associations representing clinic administrators, healthcare CIOs and health information managers are asking federal regulators to go back to the drawing board on the access report provision of a proposed Accounting of Disclosures rule.
The Privacy and Security Tiger Team is spelling out best practices for giving patients clear and simple guidance regarding how to safeguard electronic health records when downloading them from a hospital or a clinic.
It is no longer enough for information security professionals to secure critical information. They also need to be asking about the legitimacy of where this information comes from, says John Colley, managing director of (ISC)2 in EMEA.
NIST's Ron Ross points out that its seminal security control guidance, Special Publication 800-53, contains only one privacy control, requiring agencies to conduct a privacy impact assessment. That will change by year's end.
A new consumer survey suggests healthcare organizations still have a long way to go in educating patients about the benefits of electronic health records and easing their concerns about security issues.