A panel advising federal regulators on how to govern health information exchanges that share electronic health records using national standards is seeking comments on whether an existing organization could handle the oversight role.
In its second report card on the Obama Administration's privacy policies, the Electronic Privacy Information Center points out what it sees as many shortcomings, saving its harshest criticism for the area of civil liberties.
Organizations involved in exchanging electronic health records should provide patients with clear, brief notices about their data sharing policies, a privacy and security tiger team advising federal regulators says.
Two weeks after authorities on two continents arrested cyber criminals linked to the Zeus malware, Microsoft has added the infamous Trojan's signature to one of its best removal tools in an effort to hunt down infected machines.
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.
In the year since the breach notification rule for personal health records took effect, no major breaches affecting 500 or more individuals have been reported, according to the Federal Trade Commission.