Federal authorities need to develop and disseminate best practices for matching patients to all their records, especially when electronic health records are exchanged, the Privacy and Security Tiger Team recommended Wednesday.
Republican efforts to pull the plug on funding for the the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program have some hospital executives and physicians worried about the fate of the initiative. But some Capitol Hill observers say the worries are largely unfounded.
Three senators discount suggestions their bill would empower the president to deny citizens Internet access. "Nothing could be further from the truth," say Sens. Joseph Lieberman, Susan Collins (both pictured) and Thomas Carper.
Securing data in the public cloud isn't much different from other types of IT security. "It's the same advice we give for almost any deployment of IT because it is still the right thing to do," NIST Senior Computer Scientist Tim Grance says.
In the second major healthcare hacking attempt reported to federal authorities in recent weeks, a Tampa practice has notified 156,000 individuals that a hacker accessed a server containing its practice management system, which stores patient information.
The first of what should be a slew of bills aimed at safeguarding government IT and the nation's critical information infrastructure was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democratic chairs of the seven committees with IT security oversight.