While the director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights says HIPAA enforcement remains a top priority for the agency, obtaining enough resources to carry out its mission is an ongoing battle, says former OCR official Deven McGraw.
Based on the feedback it received, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will consider making tweaks to its proposed Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, including provisions related to privacy and security, says ONC's Genevieve Morris.
With the advent of technology in personal healthcare - internet connected glucose monitors, intravenous blood pressure monitoring, personal best friend emotional bots - a lot of highly sensitive data that's rampantly traversing the airwaves. The impact of this data getting in the wrong hands is just starting to be...
Cybersecurity will again be in the spotlight at this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference, March 5 to 9 in Las Vegas. The event will feature numerous CISO presentations, updates from regulators and displays of the latest technologies.
As of Q1 2018, the global cybersecurity community finds themselves inundated with both internal and external advanced threat actors who are stealthier, more resilient and sadly, more effective than they have ever been before. Many organizations are coming to terms with deciding whether their security posture is...
Adoption of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is motivating organizations worldwide to improve existing technical controls for securing personal information. Organizations should be especially aware that the GDPR and other recent legal developments amplify the negative repercussions of a data security...
With advances in big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more, healthcare is primed to innovate. But do HIPAA, GDPR and other regulatory standards inhibit the ability to innovate? Scott Whyte of ClearDATA discusses healthcare's complex convergence of innovation and compliance.
Achieving the Delicate Balance
With advances in big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more, healthcare is primed to innovate. But do HIPAA, GDPR and other regulatory standards inhibit the ability to move forward technologically? Healthcare is clearly at the complex crossroad of innovation and...
A class action lawsuit filed against Allscripts in the wake of a ransomware attack that recently disrupted patient care at hundreds of healthcare practices will spotlight a variety of critical security and legal issues, says Steven Teppler, the plaintiffs' attorney, in this in-depth interview.
In the wake of a ransomware attack that disrupted patient care services for hundreds of Allscripts' customers, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the cloud-based electronic health records vendor for allegedly "failing to secure its systems and data from cyberattacks."
The newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, has the potential to reset critical national healthcare priorities and policies, including those related to security and privacy. But what action will he take regarding HIPAA enforcement and other issues?
Blockchain holds potential for supporting secure health data exchange, but it has limitations that organizations need to keep in mind, says Intel's David Houlding in this in-depth interview on the technology.
A ransomware attack on electronic health records vendor Allscripts late last week is a reminder of the potential disruption to patient care delivery healthcare entities can face if a cloud-services provider suffers a cyberattack. It also points to the need for business continuity planning.