Amsterdam is again playing host to the annual Black Hat Europe information security gathering, and presenters have promised to cover everything from privacy flaws in wearable computers to two-factor authentication system failures.
The Department of Health and Human Services has appointed Lucia Savage, an attorney at insurer United Healthcare, as the new chief privacy officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Some privacy experts are expressing concern about a report that social media giant Facebook is planning to enter the healthcare market with health apps and patient support communities. Find out the nature of their worries.
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.