What's missing from remarks by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others is how the stalemate that led to the filibuster of the Cybersecurity Act could be resolved. Will the election make a difference?
"The lack of clear disclosures to consumers about how their location data are used and shared means that consumers lack adequate information to provide informed consent about the use of these data," the Government Accountability Office says.
Suspending the HITECH Act's electronic health record incentive program, as suggested by four GOP congressmen, is a misguided idea that could hamper efforts to cut healthcare costs and jeopardize data security.
Healthcare providers often fail to conduct comprehensive, timely risk assessments, as required by regulators. But security expert Kate Borten says they can leverage new guidance to help get the job done.
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Healthcare providers implementing electronic health records need to take steps to ensure that their EHR vendors are adequately addressing privacy and security issues, says Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Federal regulators stirred up controversy when they sent a letter to five healthcare associations warning that the government will prosecute healthcare providers who "game" the system by using EHRs to submit fraudulent bills.