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.
The SEC in 2011 issued staff guidance on disclosure obligations regarding cyber-risks and incidents. Now, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller wants the SEC commissioners themselves to provide the guidance.
An administration spokeswoman says a House committee has made a good-faith effort to address White House concerns about the information-sharing bill, but contends fundamental priorities still haven't been addressed.
To prevent data breaches, healthcare organizations are taking a number of critical steps, including ramping up their use of encryption, the second annual Healthcare Information Security Today Survey shows.
The advocacy group Patient Privacy Rights has co-developed a "trust framework" that IT vendors and their clients can use to help measure compliance with privacy principles. But will it prove practical?
Creating a new risk assessment framework for breach notification is among the steps the Cleveland Clinic is taking to comply with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. Find out other components of the organization's compliance strategy.
In the aftermath of a massive health data breach last year and a smaller incident this year, the state of Utah is taking a number of steps, including creating a data security office within the health department.
Two organizations have received federal funding to support projects, including development of security best practices, designed to pave the way for nationwide health information exchange. Claudia Williams of ONC describes the goals.
An advisory panel is outlining how to address privacy and security issues involved in the exchange of patient information among healthcare providers using the query and response method. How will the recommendations be put to use?
The federal HIPAA compliance audit program won't resume until this fall at the soonest, says Susan McAndrew of the HHS Office for Civil Rights. She describes specific steps that organizations can take to prepare.