Electronic health records software vendors can begin applying for certification of their applications as qualifying for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program now that two certifiers have been selected.
Debbie Christofferson has worked in IT and information security for many years. And if there's anything she's learned about risk management, it's this: It's all about risk. "All of your decisions about information security should be based on risk to the organization."
A total price tag of nearly $1 billion for dealing with the aftermath of major breaches reported to federal authorities so far should motivate healthcare organizations to take aggressive steps to improve security, one analyst advises.
Lockheed Martin has won two contracts worth a total of $9 million to support further development of the National Health Information Network, a set of services, standards and policies that enable the secure exchange of health information over the Internet.
The California state legislature has passed a stronger data breach notification bill that could mean increased consumer privacy protection for residents -- if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs it into law.
Hospitals and physician groups that enter contracts with companies that remotely host systems, such as electronic health records, should spell out that the vendor will bear the cost of complying with new regulations, says Robert Wah, M.D., of Computer Sciences Corp.
Federal regulators have recalculated the cumulative tally of the number of Americans affected by major healthcare breaches. They now estimate that nearly 4.8 million individuals have been affected by the 138 breaches reported so far.
The leading electronic health records software companies should be able to quickly add the required security capabilities needed to qualify for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive program, predicts Elise Ames of HIS Professionals.
The only state attorney general in the nation who so far has used his new power under the HITECH Act to sue a healthcare organization for HIPAA privacy and security rule violations is keeping a close eye on breaches of all sizes.
Mini-documentary takes you inside the U.S. Cyber Challenge security treasure hunt, where competitors hack deep into a target information system to capture flags in a contest that combines skills and wit.
The Council of Medical Specialty Societies, which represents 34 societies with a total of more than 650,000 physicians, is joining a lawsuit attempting to exempt doctors from the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule.
A committee that advises federal regulators on healthcare information technology policies has approved detailed recommendations for how and when to obtain patient consent for the exchange of their electronic health records.
Hospitals and clinics should be taking many steps, including reviewing policies and educating staff, to help ensure the security of electronic health records and prepare for reporting breaches, two attorneys advise.