Contra Costa County, Calif., has sent out notification letters to residents whose names were referenced in a public document posted to the county's website regarding debts owed to the Health Services Department.
The draft legislation would have the Department of Homeland Security conduct risk assessments on critical national IT systems and lead efforts to adopt use of new technologies and practices to keep pace with emerging cyberthreats.
A key to developing a successful data breach prevention, detection and notification program is to gain buy-in from senior management and board members, says Bob Krenek of ExperianÂ® Data Breach Resolution.
Penetration tests that demonstrate how an unauthorized user could gain access to patient information can be effective in building support for a bigger information security budget, says David Kennedy of Diebold, Incorporated.
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Hospitals and physicians that qualify for Stage 1 of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program this year will have extra time to comply with Stage 2 requirements, which are expected to include tougher privacy and security guidelines.
Accountable Care Organizations that will be formed to coordinate treatment of some Medicare patients must make HIPAA compliance, including risk assessments, a top priority, says security expert Rebecca Herold.
None of the agencies surveyed by GAO could precisely enumerate the number of IT security personnel they employed. In fact, estimates within agencies varied widely, based on who was reporting and analyzing employment data.
Dan Waddell of Tantus Technologies says giving back to the community is every information security professional's responsibility. And with the insurgence of cybercrime affecting all walks of life, now is the ideal time to get started.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is offering a free online HIPAA Security Rule Toolkit, a self-assessment tool that's designed to help healthcare organizations and their business associates comply with the rule.