Federal HIPAA privacy and security rule compliance audits of healthcare organizations and their business associates likely will start later this year, says Susan McAndrew, deputy director for privacy in the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
Veterans Affairs CIO tells a House panel that the VA has taken significant steps to prevent further IT security breaches that have plagued the agency, but auditors testify that the department faces alarming consequences because of a lack of security controls.
Most House members voted for the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, but with few Republicans supporting it, the measure failed to muster the two-thirds vote required to pass under rules that brought the bill back to life.
A new Dartmouth College study illustrates the risks involved in using peer-to-peer networks as well as the dangers of storing patient information in spreadsheets and documents outside of electronic health records.
In an interview, Daniel advises practices to "bake in" security technologies and practices from the start of an EHR implementation. He advises practices to ask records software companies tough questions about privacy and security issues, including: