As it expands its presence in healthcare, Verizon has set the ambitious goal of issuing free digital credentials to 2.3 million clinicians, says Steven Archer, who heads the innovation incubator group at Verizon Business.
The Office of the Inspector General will scrutinize the privacy and security policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the details of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program.
As 2010 draws to a close, federal regulators have a long list of unfinished business in drafting regulations and launching programs to protect patient privacy and bolster information security, as mandated under the HITECH Act.
Not having an IT security certification doesn't disqualify you from getting that next job or promotion, but it could be a factor. Here are our picks of the five IT security certifications that will be most in demand in the new year.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology issues two special publications: SP 800-119, Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6 and SP 800-135, Recommendation for Application-Specific Key Derivation Functions.
The most important healthcare information security trend for the year ahead is the rush to implement electronic health records while taking advantage of all their security features, says Dixie Baker, a well-known security expert who's advising federal regulators on policy issues.
Geisinger Health System has notified about 3,000 patients about a breach incident in which a physician inappropriately e-mailed unencrypted health information from his work computer to his home computer.
"Managing risk with regard to information systems and security sometimes doesn't go to the highest levels and that's why the risk framework is a way to get senior leaders involved early in the process," NIST senior computer scientist Ron Ross says.