The Health IT Policy Committee has accepted recommendations that electronic health records software certified for future stages of the HITECH Act's EHR incentive program should be able to record corrections from patients or providers as well as transmit those corrections to others.
Many implantable medical devices have wireless connections that enable physicians to monitor patients. But with that wireless connectivity comes the risk of a hacker attack with potentially life-threatening results.
Among the 12 computer-related job classifications tracked by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analysts was one of only two categories to report no unemployment during the second quarter of 2011.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights entered into a resolution agreement with the University of California at Los Angeles Health System to settle violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
The use of social media raises risk management issues, and education is the key to overcoming the common misperception that "you can say anything you want on social media and not have any consequences," says compliance specialist Roy Snell.
"Professionals like me now understand that we are the ambassadors for ethical behavior and should actively encourage other employees to adhere to it," says Alessandro Moretti, a senior risk and security executive.
When it comes to qualifying for HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments, Fallon Clinic is a trailblazer. It's also leading the way in its EHR security initiatives designed to protect patient privacy.
People's view of cybersecurity will need to broaden over the next few years, says IT expert Robert Brammer. That's why a consortium has been established to conduct research on the security of computer systems, as well as other areas where computerization has excelled.