It's hurricane season, but natural and man-made disasters can happen anytime. Unfortunately, healthcare organizations are often unprepared for how to rebound so their data operations continue to run smoothly and securely in the wake of a crisis.
Sorting through the privacy issues involved when giving patients access to their healthcare records via a Web portal is a challenging task, says federal adviser Micky Tripathi, who outlines some of the key issues involved.
HIPAA settlements with large financial penalties grab headlines, but the majority of regulatory actions tied to breaches and other HIPAA complaints call for no such penalties. And most complaints are dismissed. Find out why.
Taking steps to ensure patient privacy is protected as more records are exchanged among provider organizations will be a top challenge for ONC's next chief privacy officer, says the office's outgoing privacy chief, Joy Pritts.
A federal advisory panel is gearing up to tackle a number of data security, privacy and legal issues involved when accessing and exchanging the electronic health information of patients who are minors. Find out what makes those issues so complex.
Healthcare organizations that base their information security programs on HIPAA compliance are making a major blunder, says security consultant Brad Keller, who explains why that strategy is short-sighted.
It's well known that lost or stolen unencrypted computing devices account for the majority of large health data breaches. But a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shines a light on how frequently breaches - especially smaller ones - involve paper records.
Joy Pritts, the first chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is leaving the job after four years in the position. The move comes as ONC is revamping its structure.
As the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT thinks through care models and broader issues of big data, Karen DeSalvo, head of the office, says it's striving to ensure privacy and security for patients.
After receiving much criticism over the privacy and security provisions for HealthCare.gov, it's good to see HHS taking action to help ensure that "navigators" who assist consumers with getting insurance coverage adequately protect patient privacy.
An FTC administrative trial examining the data security practices of LabMD, headed by Michael Daugherty, is slated to begin May 20. The hearing could shed light into how the FTC evaluates security when pursuing enforcement actions.
Federal regulators are considering whether data segmentation technology that protects sensitive patient information when it's exchanged should be required for electronic health record software certified for the HITECH Act incentive program.
The fact that the U.S. federal government would, under some circumstances, exploit software vulnerabilities to attack cyber-adversaries didn't perturb a number of IT security providers attending the 2014 Infosecurity Europe conference in London.