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.
After the complete collapse of network security at Sony Pictures - in the wake of its data breach - it's important that we highlight some of the organization's fundamental security mistakes. Here's a macro view of the lessons we must all learn.
The healthcare sector can learn three important lessons from the recent hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which compromised employee health data, says breach resolution expert Michael Bruemmer of Experian.
HealthcareInfoSecurity launches its fourth annual survey to measure progress toward ensuring the privacy and security of healthcare information as more records are digitized and shared, and as more cyberthreats emerge.
An FTC settlement with a medical billing company shines a spotlight on deceptive practices related to the collection and disclosure of patient's personal health information. What can healthcare providers learn from the settlement?
Federal regulators have issued a strategic health IT plan that includes five goals, including advancing secure health information exchange. Could more EHR certification requirements and another information sharing and analysis center be in the works?
Who hacked Sony? Not us, say the North Koreans, ending days of silence. As Deloitte becomes the latest victim of the G.O.P. gang that's claimed credit, one thing is certain: Sony won't have to buy the movie rights to this hacking story.
It's time to consider amending the HIPAA Privacy Rule to enable the sharing of certain research data, without patients' authorization, to help improve the quality of care, contends Douglas Fridsma, M.D., a former federal health IT leader.