The Department of Health and Human Services is considering a HIPAA amendment that could make it easier for states to report identities of certain mental health patients to a federal background check database for gun purchases.
Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, sees the exchange of health information as a way to improve care quality. But what's his vision for achieving truly secure data exchange?
Ignoring a White House threat to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the bill known as CISPA, sending the measure to the Senate.
To meet Obama administration concerns, the House sponsors of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act amended the bill. But a White House spokesman says those changes didn't go far enough to protect citizens' privacy and civil liberties.
Adventist Health System faces a class action lawsuit in the wake of a health data theft case that resulted in three guilty pleas. The lawsuit alleges Adventist failed to adequately protect patient information.
Two insiders at healthcare facilities affiliated with the University of Florida have been arrested in ID theft cases. The breaches were part of a broader ID theft ring, authorities allege, and more arrests are pending.
The Obama administration's proposed budget for HHS includes a hefty increase in funding for the office that runs the HITECH electronic health record incentive program and a smaller budget hike for the HIPAA enforcement unit.