The Privacy and Security Tiger Team will hold an all-day hearing Thursday on the issue of matching patients to all their relevant information, including electronic health records and financial data, to help ensure privacy as well as the quality of care.
A new Federal Trade Commission privacy report endorses implementation of a "do not track" mechanism so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities.
Four consumer advocacy organizations have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, calling for it to crack down on what it portrays as unfair and deceptive Internet-based healthcare marketing and advertising practices that threaten consumer privacy.
What's embarrassing about the WikiLeaks episode isn't just the precarious position the publication of diplomatic cables put the U.S. in with its allies but the likelihood that one, low-level analyst accessed sensitive data without authorization and then leaked them.
About 400,000 Puerto Ricans enrolled in the government's health insurance plan for the impoverished have potentially been affected by a breach incident involving unauthorized access to an Internet database.
Staff training, aggressive breach prevention efforts and strong sanctions for violating policies are key to creating a corporate culture that values privacy and security, says Alan Dowling, the new CEO of the American Health Information Management Association.