Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has issued a six-volume investigative report on Accretive Health Inc., a medical debt collection company that her office sued in January in connection with a data breach incident and other business practices.
What do the proposed Stage 2 rules for the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program have to say about encryption and other security measures? Consumer advocate Deven McGraw provides an analysis.
The Health Information Trust Alliance is spearheading an effort to create a clearinghouse of information about hacker attacks against healthcare organizations as well as best practices for addressing these threats.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will not expand its use of iPads and iPhones until later this summer when an enterprisewide mobile device management system to monitor the devices and ensure security is implemented, says CIO Roger Baker.
The White House says President Obama would veto a bipartisan House bill that civil libertarians contend would threaten individual privacy but many businesses contend is needed to defend against cyber attacks.
After a quiet start to the year, the federal tally of individuals affected by major healthcare information breaches could soon exceed 20 million once three recent incidents are added. One of those incidents draws attention to the need for anti-hacking initiatives.
To help prevent fraud, the Department of Heath and Human Services is taking a preliminary step toward fingerprint-based criminal background checks for the owners of certain organizations seeking to serve Medicare patients.
When creating a patient portal that provides access to electronic health records, healthcare organizations must educate patients about the need for authenticating their identities, says Sharp Healthcare CIO Bill Spooner.