Bill Stewart, a privacy and security expert at medical device manufacturer Philips Healthcare, offers an explanation of when hospitals should apply software patches to devices on their own and when they should work with the supplier.
In recent weeks, Google and Amazon have quietly begun offering standardized business associate agreements to healthcare clients using certain cloud services. Security experts say the move is significant.
New social networking technology being piloted at more than two dozen healthcare organizations, including Cedars-Sinai Health System, is designed for secure collaboration among healthcare professionals.
Learn how the partial government shutdown is hampering a wide variety of important Department of Health and Human Services programs, ranging from patient privacy protection to disease outbreak detection.
Federal advisers heard concerns from healthcare providers, EHR software vendors and others this week about the cost and impracticality of a proposed requirement to offer patients an access report listing caregivers who had viewed their records.
Despite the government shutdown, Stage 2 of the HITECH Act financial incentive program for the meaningful use of electronic health records kicks off Oct. 1. Learn more about the privacy and security provisions and how to prepare.
It's been four years since federal officials began tracking major healthcare data breaches. What important lessons can be learned from the causes of these breaches as well as HIPAA enforcement actions by federal regulators?
Before hiring a cloud services vendor, healthcare organizations should demand answers to tough questions about privacy and security, says Phil Curran, a hospital CISO who has scrutinized many companies.
Top executives at healthcare organizations must take the lead in overcoming a culture that portrays privacy and security as barriers, says Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Although enforcement of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule may not begin with a big bang, experts warn that compliance should be a top priority, especially in light of looming audits. Learn why some predict a surge in breach notification.
As federal regulators begin to enforce the HIPAA Omnibus Rule this fall, they will also continue work on other privacy issues, including the long-awaited accounting of disclosures rule. Find out what's on the to-do list.
Federal regulators plan to launch a permanent HIPAA compliance audit program in 2014 that targets a larger number of organizations but covers a narrower scope of issues. Learn the details the nation's top HIPAA enforcer revealed.