Just how common are information breaches at hospitals? That depends on which survey you believe.
For example, a survey of 220 hospitals released April 20 found that 84 percent of U.S. hospitals have at least one breach incident a year, and 42 percent have at least 10 incidents. Earlier this month, another survey...
For personal health records advocates, pending PHR privacy and security rules can't come fast enough. A new consumer survey found that "worry about the privacy of my information," was the biggest barrier to PHR use.
Some folks find Health Information Exchanges scary. They raise the notion that as electronic health records are exchanged among clinics, hospitals and others at the local, regional, state and national level, the opportunities for the information winding up in the wrong hands increase. And they have a point. Clearly,...
A four-year, $15 million federally funded research project will yield practical, updated strategies that hospitals, physician group practices and others can use to keep electronic health records private and secure, the project's leader says.
Guidance on how organizations should protect the confidentiality of personal identifiable information, SP 800-122: Guide to Protecting the Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, has been issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The Department of Health and Human Services raised some eyebrows with its announcement that it will pay $26 million to Ketchum Inc. for a public education campaign about the privacy and security of electronic health records and related topics. Some consumer advocates are questioning the selection of Ketchum, given its...
At an online session to solicit comments on a proposed framework for a new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, planners asked for additional advice on tactics for ramping up enforcement of existing privacy and security regulations.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $60 million in economic stimulus funds under the HITECH Act to four universities for healthcare IT research projects, three of which will address privacy and security issues.
The firm that has won a $26 million public relations contract from the Department of Health and Human Services for a campaign on healthcare information technology, and related privacy and security issues, stirred up controversy with some of its previous government PR efforts.