Draft legislation began circulating through the corridors of the Capitol complex that would establish - in the words of its sponsors - meaningful privacy protections for Internet users, which they say is particularly important as businesses begin to adopt cloud computing.
Federal regulators are seeking advice and insights as they prepare to tackle the tough challenge of writing a rule enabling patients to receive an accounting of who has viewed their electronic health records.
Federal regulators soon will fix one of the problems with the official tally of major healthcare breaches. The Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services will begin naming the names of solo practitioners that have major breaches, rather than listing them only as "private practice." And...
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.