The Social Security Administration sold the information in a database of deceased individuals that erroneous contained the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, full names and ZIP codes of living people, the inspector general reports.
The HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program marked a landmark April 18. Hospitals and physicians can now use an attestation system to begin verifying to Medicare that they qualify as meaningful users of certified electronic health records
Participants in a new pilot project claim they've demonstrated that using interoperable digital identities, digital signatures and cloud computing has the potential to accelerate the initiation of clinical trials of new drugs and treatments while lowering costs.
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt unveils a government/private-sector strategy that the administration says would eventually let users obtain a single credential as a one-time digital password to transact business over the Internet.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT plans to take an incremental approach to testing components of a new health information exchange architecture envisioned by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
"It you were to ask me to rank order where industries are in terms of their cybersecurity capability, I think power is at or close to the bottom of the list, says Army Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency.
State agencies transferred information containing unencrypted, personal information to unsecured servers between January and May 2010, but the exposure was not discovered until two weeks ago, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says.
Sens. John Kerry and John McCain introdcued legislation that would balance individual privacy rights while allowing businesses to collect consumer information that could be used to market products and services.