Preventing patient record "snooping" is an ongoing challenge for hospitals in their HIPAA compliance efforts. But with the intensifying attention on Ebola cases, hospitals need to up their game in protecting patient privacy.
The development of authentication technologies that could replace the password is "nearing a tipping point," but there's still several years of work to do, says Jeremy Grant, who oversees the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.
The American Health Information Management Association has released a framework of eight key principles to help guide healthcare organizations in their information governance. Important elements of data privacy and security are woven throughout.
Healthcare providers that decide to accept consumer-generated health or fitness data from wearable devices, such as the upcoming Apple Watch, need to develop a plan for protecting the privacy of that information, says privacy attorney Scot Ganow.
Apple announces security and privacy changes tied to the release of iOS8, including better data encryption, more secure iCloud backups, and a corporate promise to be more transparent. But it delays release of its HealthKit.
Federal government auditors have identified weaknesses in the technical controls protecting the security of the federally run Obamacare HealthCare.gov website and systems, which they say create increased and unnecessary risks.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is calling on Apple Inc. to spell out the security steps the company will take to protect the privacy of information gathered using the Apple Watch device, slated for release in early 2015.
Apple's advice to always use strong passwords and two-factor authentication ignores that image hackers are bypassing those controls - and celebrities aren't the only victims. Here's what needs to change.
Today's information security professionals need to "be like a sponge and learn from various domains that are outside your niche," says Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
The FBI and Apple are investigating the release of hundreds of celebrities' nude photographs and videos, which security researchers suspect is tied to compromises of iCloud, Dropbox or other cloud service accounts.