Provisions of the bill would help develop a skilled government infosec workforce, prioritize federal cybersecurity R&D, improve the transfer of cybersecurity technologies to business and promote cybersecurity education and awareness.
(Part two of a four-part series)
The HITECH Act provides strong new incentives for healthcare organizations to create comprehensive data security plans and train their staffs on how to keep personal health information secure.
Four healthcare associations have called on the Federal Trade Commission to exclude healthcare professionals from compliance with the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule designed to combat identity theft. The groups made the request in the wake of a court ruling exempting attorneys from the rule.
Demand for qualified information security professionals is beginning to grow in healthcare.
The HITECH Act, which established tougher penalties and broader enforcement of enhanced versions of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, is proving to be a powerful catalyst for ramping up information security. Plus, as...
A well-known healthcare information security expert who's advising federal regulators on policy issues offers advice to organizations preparing to comply with the data breach notification requirements of the HITECH Act.
In an interview, Dixie Baker of SAIC advises hospitals and others to:
Study how the HITECH...
The Obama Administration on Feb. 1 released a summary of its fiscal 2011 budget proposal that includes a 28% increase in funding for a unit that plays a major role in ensuring the privacy and security of health information.
Completing security risk assessments for a long list of applications and providing information security training to its entire staff are two of the top priorities for 2010 at Johns Hopkins Medicine, one of the nation's largest academic medical centers.
In an interview, Stephanie Reel, vice president for information...
Whether a hospital has a chief information security officer is dependent, in large part, on the size of the facility.
For example, while many academic medical centers have a CISO and a team of security experts, many community hospitals, faced with budget constraints, do not. Instead, the CIO and members of his...