At an online session to solicit comments on a proposed framework for a new Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, planners asked for additional advice on tactics for ramping up enforcement of existing privacy and security regulations.
The federal government has awarded $267 million in grants to establish another 28 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers to educate doctors and others on how to implement secure electronic health records.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $60 million in economic stimulus funds under the HITECH Act to four universities for healthcare IT research projects, three of which will address privacy and security issues.
Widespread implementation of encryption is a top priority at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, thanks, in large part, to the "safe harbor" in the HITECH breach notification rule, says Michael Mucha, information security officer.
The firm that has won a $26 million public relations contract from the Department of Health and Human Services for a campaign on healthcare information technology, and related privacy and security issues, stirred up controversy with some of its previous government PR efforts.
Insider crimes are among the biggest threats to public and private sector organizations. And yet too many groups continue to struggle to prevent or even detect these crimes.
In an exclusive interview, Dawn Cappelli of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, discusses:
Federal regulators are one small step closer to starting audits of healthcare organizations and their business associates for compliance with the HIPAA privacy and security rules as required under the HITECH Act.
The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded two key...