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.
Hospitals and clinics need to take a methodical approach to privacy and security as they prepare to qualify for electronic health records incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid under the HITECH Act, security adviser Phyllis Patrick says.
The American Medical Association has adopted a new policy offering guidelines on physician use of social media that calls for refraining from posting identifiable patient information online to protect privacy.
Federal regulators have published a final rule carrying out the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which prohibits the use of genetic information to make decisions about health insurance and employment.