Federal authorities have issued a detailed notice of proposed rulemaking that sets out guidelines for how patients must be provided with an accounting of who has viewed their protected health information.
In a continuing effort to build a Standards and Interoperability Framework to help ease health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched two projects involving authentication issues.
Organizations participating in the Nationwide Health Information Network initiative should use digital certificates that meet standards already required for federal agencies, the Privacy and Security Tiger Team is recommending.
Sen. Susan Collins faults part of the administration plan she says could give those who would do harm a roadmap to attack the nation's critical IT infrastructure. DHS's Phil Reitinger says he doubts that would happen.
The federal list of major healthcare information breaches that have occurred since September 2009 didn't grow much in the past month. The list now includes 272 cases affecting a total of almost 10.9 million individuals.
"With significant progress having been made, with growing recognition of DHS's roles and authorities, and the cybersecurity legislative proposal now delivered to the Hill, it's a logical point for me to leave," Philip Reitinger says.
"Updating this law to reflect the realities of our time is essential to ensuring that our federal privacy laws keep pace with new technologies and the new threats to our security." says bill sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy.
The security of medical devices is becoming a significant risk management concern. That's because the devices increasingly are linked to networks and exposed to malware, which could impair their functionality and potentially adversely affect patient safety.
A star-studded lineup of top administration officials including four cabinet secretaries and three other senior executives announced the new international strategy, emphasizing the importance of cybersecurity to American foreign policy.