Federal regulators have clarified that the use of texting to place orders, such as for medications or tests, on any platform - secure or not - is not allowed when treating Medicare and Medicaid patients. Security experts weigh in on key issues to consider when using texting for other purposes.
Federal regulators have released a draft of a trusted health information exchange framework with some detailed security components that go beyond HIPAA requirements. The goal is to advance secure national health data exchange so that clinicians have quicker access to potentially life-saving information.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says nearly 250,000 federal employees' personal details were exposed in a 2014 breach of its Office of Inspector General's case management system. Witness testimony and an unknown number of nonemployees' personal details also were exposed.
Despite receiving requests to better align a federal rule regarding the confidentiality of substance abuse records with the requirements of HIPAA, federal regulators only made minor tweaks to the confidentiality rule. Some experts say Congress would have to take action to pave the way for further changes.
Information security truisms: 2017 was the year of more cybersecurity - more attacks, more spending, more defenses, more breaches - and 2018 will see more of everything "cyber," plus GDPR enforcement, proxy wars online and more.
New York-Presbyterian has more than 72,000 medical devices from over 1,400 manufacturers, says CISO Jennings Aske. Given that scale, how can a security leader help ensure device cybersecurity? Aske shares his view of what's needed from manufacturers and the government.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued cybersecurity expectations for manufacturers of medical devices. But ow are those expectations being met, and what is the FDA's ongoing role in improving device security? The FDA's Suzanne Schwartz offers an update.
Fraudsters recently ordered a total of nine iPhones and Samsung S8s from Sprint and Verizon with my personal details. With the internet awash in stolen personally identifiable information, are mobile operators doing enough to prevent fraudulent orders?
It's been seven years since Dale Nordenberg, a pediatrician, became involved in the drive to improve medical device security. What progress does he see among manufacturers, government agencies and healthcare providers?
Compared to the mega-breaches that hit the healthcare sector in 2015 and 2016, the top 10 breaches reported for 2017 were far smaller. Security experts analyze whether that's really a sign of progress.
Federal regulators have set up online resources to help healthcare providers as well as consumers navigate circumstances under which HIPAA permits a covered entity to disclose mental health or substance abuse information to a patient's family members and caregivers.
The Trump administration has belatedly announced that hackers tied to the government of North Korea were behind the WannaCry ransomware outbreak that began in May and infected more than 200,000 endpoints across 150 countries. Why is the White House only now airing its attribution?
What does the title National Protection and Programs Directorate mean to you? It's not so clear, unless you are familiar with the Department of Homeland Security's organizational chart. To clarify its mission, the House has voted to rename - and revamp - the DHS agency.
As the GDPR's enforcement date nears, North American healthcare organizations are scrambling to ensure their data protection policies and practices are up to snuff. Mitch Parker of Indiana University Health System offers his prescription for GDPR compliance.