Federal regulators have issued a final version of a strategic health IT plan for 2015 to 2020 designed to help guide government activities. But some experts say the plan is thin on privacy and security measures, such as the need to update HIPAA to address evolving cyber threats.
Adjusting risk management strategies in the aftermath of the newly discovered hacker attack on Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, as well as other recent massive cyber-attacks, will be among the hot topics discussed at the Healthcare Information Security Summit in San Francisco on Sept. 17.
It's "cyber party" time, as self-described "eccentric millionaire" - and onetime anti-virus company founder - John McAfee announces that he's entering the 2016 U.S. presidential race with a newly created party that will focus on security and privacy.
In the wake of hacker attacks, which have left healthcare providers uncertain about what security steps to take, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is working to help organizations sort out role-based identity and access management issues, says ONC's privacy officer, Lucia Savage.
A controversy over the University of Oregon's handling of a student's mental health records is building momentum for reforms in a regulation that allows schools to use, and in some cases disclose, certain education records of students without their consent.
One of the most difficult challenges in protecting sensitive patient data that's used in medical research is educating researchers and other clinicians who share that data about potential privacy issues, says Dave Summitt of Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.
Despite the ongoing ban on federal funding for the development of a national unique patient identifier, progress is being made through collaborative efforts to improve patient data matching to ensure safety and privacy, says security expert Lisa Gallagher.
Carilion Clinic, a Roanoke, Va.-based network of hospitals and outpatient facilities, has fired or disciplined 14 employees over a problem common at many healthcare organizations: patient record snooping. Experts discuss how to tackle the challenge.
Did Massachusetts' first registered medical marijuana dispensary break federal or state privacy regulations by accidentally sharing patients' email addresses? Experts explain that ... well, the answer is a little hazy.
As the Department of Defense embarks on a multi-billion dollar project to overhaul its EHR system, supporting millions of military personnel, there are critical privacy and security challenges to be tackled.
Thou shalt not reverse engineer Oracle's products. That was the stunning diktat issued by Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson in a blog post that some are reading as a declaration of war against the security research community.
Akamai's John Ellis talks about the quick evolution of bots and botnets, and how enterprise security leaders should deal with them now using a three-pronged approach - detection, management and mitigation.
Just two weeks after an international, FBI-led operation disrupted the notorious hacking forum Darkode, leading to 70 arrests, a supposed site administrator has claimed the forum will reboot on the "dark Web." But security experts question those claims.