The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has formally launched Query Health, a project to test standards for querying data from electronic health records to conduct research.
Providing HIPAA compliance auditors with complete documentation of every aspect of your privacy and security strategy, along with evidence of corrective action taken to mitigate risks, is essential, says consultant Cliff Baker.
Philip Reitinger's appointment as Sony's first chief information security officer comes more than four months after a massive breach of Sony's PlayStation gaming system that exposed the personal identifiable information of some 77 million customers.
A new California law requires that organizations experiencing a data breach provide more detailed information to the individuals affected. The law, which covers breaches involving financial, healthcare and other personal information, goes into effect Jan. 1.
In an ironic twist, a new phishing scheme, purporting to be from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., actually claims to offer assistance with ACH and wire fraud, but instead delivers malware that could enable fraud.
Many disaster-related attacks are personal and direct, perpetrated through a phone call. But some take traditional routes, such as e-mail, while more are taking emerging routes, like text messages to mobile devices.
Executives in a variety of industries who are in charge of securing their enterprises' IT say they're more anxious about outsiders hacking into their systems than insiders - either maliciously or inadvertently - threatening their digital assets, a new survey shows.
Cloud computing contracts often assign certain liabilities to the customer. That means healthcare organizations, in some cases, may need additional insurance coverage, warns consultant Gerard Nussbaum.
Before entering a contract with a cloud computing vendor, it pays to do your homework on key privacy and security issues, three experts advise. They suggest demanding transparency into the details of all cloud operations.
IT systems operated by governments, hospitals, financial institutions and other businesses averted catastrophe, for the most part, as Hurricane and then Tropical Storm Irene stormed through the Eastern seaboard over the weekend.
Organizations entering into a contract with a cloud computing vendor need to have a clear understanding of how the vendor operates before signing off on their services, says Chris Witt of Wake Technology Services Inc.
The American National Standards Institute has begun accepting applications from organizations that want to be accredited to certify electronic health records software for the HITECH Act EHR incentive program.