In a case weighing privacy vs. free speech, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Vermont law that requires physicians to give their consent before information about their prescription-writing habits can be sold to help market prescription drugs.
Federal officials should offer detailed guidance on how to conduct a "risk of harm" assessment to comply with the HITECH Act Breach Notification Rule, says Harry Rhodes, director of practice leadership at the American Health Information Management Association.
"It's not enough to know the architecture of the breach system," says Michael Aisenberg of MITRE Corp. "Leaders have to understand the different jurisdiction of where they do business, where their customers are and which breach law applies."
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will soon seek feedback on using certain existing standards for metadata for specific purposes, such as to indicate a patient's privacy preferences, within electronic health records. ONC will then consider the comments before deciding whether to require the use of...
The new orders, signed a month ago by President Obama, detail when the military must seek presidential approval for a specific cyberassault on an enemy and weave cyber capabilities into U.S. war fighting strategy, the AP reports.
Authorities charged Ryan Cleary with distributed denial of service attacks on a British law enforcement agency that LulzSec claimed it hacked on Monday. Police also charged the suspect with attacks claimed by the group Anonymous against two music industry sites last fall.
To access a central data repository in the cloud, participants in a Chicago health information exchange now in development will use a virtual private network where all data traffic is encrypted, says Terri Jacobsen, director of the project.
The arrest followed an investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial of service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.
As the Sony and Epsilon breaches show, privacy is now in the news media every day. And organizations need to be prepared to address the issue, says Trevor Hughes, executive director of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
The Privacy and Security Tiger Team is recommending that electronic health records software certified for the HITECH Act's EHR incentive program should be able to record corrections from patients or providers as well as transmit those corrections to others.