Florence Comite, M.D., a pioneer in the evolving practice of "precision medicine," describes what's needed to protect patient privacy as more genetic and other sensitive data is collected about individuals to personalize their care.
Congressional investigators for the first time are designating protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information as a high risk area within the federal government and calling on Congress to enact new legislation to enhance PII safeguards.
The FTC has ordered medical billing company PaymentsMD to change its practices for the collection and disclosure of consumers' personal health information. What similarities does this case have with concerns over HealthCare.gov's privacy practices?
The Obama administration has taken new, but modest steps to limit the ability of intelligence agencies to collect data on individuals, but the new policy doesn't end the bulk collection program revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
President Obama says his proposed cybersecurity budget is designed to help prevent foreign nations or hackers from shutting down American networks, stealing trade secrets or invading the privacy of American families.
Federal regulators are on the right track in their vision for a draft "roadmap" to remove barriers to nationwide, secure health information exchange, but many more hurdles remain, security and privacy experts say.
Breaches can happen even when there are strong protections in place. But healthcare organizations can do more to prepare for breaches and respond in the best possible way to protect patient information.
After heavy criticism from privacy watchdogs, the Department of Health and Human Services has made a number of fixes to the HealthCare.gov website for Obamacare to scale back the release of consumer data to third-party commercial sites.
The grocery store chain Safeway has been ordered to pay a penalty of almost $10 million as part of a settlement with California prosecutors related to improper disposal of confidential pharmacy records and hazardous waste in dumpsters.
A federal advisory panel has kicked off discussions about the privacy and security challenges related to the use of big data in healthcare, with a goal of making policy recommendations in the coming weeks.
To help protect health data as cyberthreats evolve, healthcare CIOs must roll out a "blended strategy" for security, says Charles Christian, new chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, an association of CIOs.
Jan. 5 is the deadline for participation in the fourth annual Healthcare Information Security Today survey, designed to examine the privacy and security priorities and challenges of healthcare organizations of all sizes.
"The FTC has awoken to the reality that there can be no privacy without cybersecurity," says Trend Micro's Tom Kellermann, in the wake of an FTC complaint against a data broker that sold payday loan applications to third parties.