In the past, just writing "privacy pro" on a business card could get you into the field. "That's not the case today," says the IAPP's Trevor Hughes, who details today's challenges for privacy professionals.
Thor Ryan, chief security officer at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, offers lessons learned as a result of his organization's $1.7 million settlement following a HIPAA compliance investigation triggered by a small breach incident.
In a merger, communication is essential for ensuring security and privacy challenges are met, says Christopher Paidhrin of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, whose parent company recently went through a merger and will soon undergo another.
What's the best way to prepare to comply with HITECH Stage 2 privacy and security requirements? Federal privacy officer Joy Pritts advises healthcare organizations to start by conducting a thorough risk assessment.
While the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continues work on mobile device security guidance for smaller healthcare organizations, a researcher offers insights on steps these providers can take now to improve security.
"The costly and heavy-handed regulatory approach by the current administration will increase the size and cost of the federal bureaucracy and harm innovation in cybersecurity," states the Republican Party platform.
The final rules for Stage 2 of the HITECH electronic health record incentive program contain multiple provisions regarding privacy and security. Find out what experts have to say about the merits of the new requirements.
Healthcare organizations need to rethink security best practices and tap new technologies as a result of the growth in health information exchange and the use of mobile devices, says researcher Carl Gunter.