Faced with criticism for a lack of details and vision in its original draft of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015, federal authorities have beefed up some privacy and security details in the final version.
In an attempt to make it easier to compare the privacy practices of personal health records vendors, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has created a model privacy notice.
"Once you identify that person based on the unique characteristics of their face, you could then match it with other databases," privacy advocate Beth Givens says, referring to privacy gaps created by facial recognition technology.
Leon Rodriguez, formerly chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, is the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
Responding to a request for ideas on how to update the Common Rule, which provides guidelines for research on human subjects, the Privacy and Security Tiger Team says a key issue is how to define "research."
"You need to understand how you are currently using social media in your organization, and how you intend to use it, before you can define policies around social media," says Erika Del Giudice of Crowe Horwath.
Out with the old; in with the new. It's time for security-minded organizations to invest in the power and protection of the next generation firewall, says Matt Keil of Palo Alto Networks.
In an exclusive interview about the evolving firewall, Keil discusses:
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Government officials have confirmed a potential threat by al-Qaida against the United States as the nation approaches the 10th anniversary of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks that hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Stanford Hospital & Clinics reports that a business associate's subcontractor caused a health information breach when information about 20,000 patients treated in the hospital's emergency department was posted on a website.
Provisions in legislation introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., target companies that store online data for more than 10,000 people to assure their customers' personally identifiable information is protected.