Devising strategies for ensuring social media are not used in ways that violate patient privacy is one of the top trends for 2011, says Lisa Gallagher, senior director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Looking ahead to the new year, Kristin Lovejoy of IBM says information security organizations face a host of global compliance issues - and the complexity of this challenge may be the biggest task of 2011.
Key factors making the security landscape riskier are the rapid rise of social networking, the growing reliance on cloud computing and the growing sophistication, criminalization and organization of hackers, a new survey shows.
The American Medical Association has adopted a new policy offering guidelines on physician use of social media that calls for refraining from posting identifiable patient information online to protect privacy.
Social media provide healthcare organizations with a low-cost way to communicate effectively with consumers. But using this form of communication brings with it many risks.
For example, one California hospital recently fired five employees because they used social media to post personal discussions about patients,...