A court rules on whether a New Hampshire hospital must provide the state's department of public health with broad access to electronic health records as an investigation into a Hepatitis C outbreak continues. Find out the details.
Text-messaging by physicians and other clinicians poses serious potential patient privacy risks. But with security controls in place, some healthcare organizations are giving a green light to texting in certain circumstances.
It's difficult to know where sensitive patient information may be lurking in user files. But some healthcare organizations are finding ways to detect where the information resides so they can protect it. Find out how.
A key aim of the Next Generation Cyber Initiative has been to expand the FBI's ability to quickly define 'the attribution piece' of a cyberattack to help determine an appropriate response, the FBI's Richard McFeely says.
"We will bring in best practices for HIPAA and technology best practices in terms of encryption in how we handle data and share it with stakeholders," says Curt Kwak CIO of Wash. State Health Benefit Exchange.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is not taking adequate steps to protect the privacy of sensitive information that's shared with researchers, according to a new OIG report. Find out what the OIG recommends.
Human genome sequencing can support groundbreaking research leading to improved treatments. But before genetic testing can become common, privacy issues need to be tackled, says Lisa M. Lee, who heads a presidential advisory panel.
Because the nation lacks a single patient ID system, misidentification of patients is a danger when providers exchange records. That's why HIMSS has asked Congress to commission a patient data matching study.
Imagine sitting in a bar, as a stranger snaps a photo of you, and then uses that image to find out who you are using facial recognition technology. It's the type of practice that the staff of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants to discourage.
State health insurance exchanges now in the formative stages should consider security practices widely used in online banking, says Bryce Williams, CEO at Extend Health, a commercial online health insurance exchange.
Researchers are studying how security best practices for healthcare organizations need to evolve. What current and emerging IT issues are they considering in their work? Researcher Carl Gunter explains.
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.