A recent $1 million cyberheist at a county hospital illustrates why healthcare organizations must pay attention to securing financial as well as clinical data - and educate staff about how to recognize phishing e-mails.
The privacy and security provisions of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule and the HITECH Act EHR incentive program "dovetail together quite nicely," says federal privacy officer Joy Pritts, who offers compliance tips.
A new report by several GOP senators raises questions about the HITECH Act's electronic health record incentive program, including concerns about data security and privacy. But the senators overlook a number of key issues.
The Department of Health and Human Services is considering a HIPAA amendment that could make it easier for states to report identities of certain mental health patients to a federal background check database for gun purchases.
Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, sees the exchange of health information as a way to improve care quality. But what's his vision for achieving truly secure data exchange?