Federal regulators have released a draft of a trusted health information exchange framework with some detailed security components that go beyond HIPAA requirements. The goal is to advance secure national health data exchange so that clinicians have quicker access to potentially life-saving information.
Despite receiving requests to better align a federal rule regarding the confidentiality of substance abuse records with the requirements of HIPAA, federal regulators only made minor tweaks to the confidentiality rule. Some experts say Congress would have to take action to pave the way for further changes.
As the healthcare sector implements a variety of new applications and increasingly moves to the cloud, it has a fresh opportunity to address security, says Daniel Bowden, CISO at Sentara Healthcare, who discusses best practices.
Ira "Gus" Hunt, a security expert who was formerly CTO at the CIA, analyzes why many large healthcare provider organizations plan to boost cybersecurity spending in 2018 and discusses the role of emerging technologies.
So what actions can we expect in 2018 from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights as it enforces the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules? Making a prediction is difficult, given all the changes at HHS.
Compared to the mega-breaches that hit the healthcare sector in 2015 and 2016, the top 10 breaches reported for 2017 were far smaller. Security experts analyze whether that's really a sign of progress.
Federal regulators have set up online resources to help healthcare providers as well as consumers navigate circumstances under which HIPAA permits a covered entity to disclose mental health or substance abuse information to a patient's family members and caregivers.
The Trump administration has belatedly announced that hackers tied to the government of North Korea were behind the WannaCry ransomware outbreak that began in May and infected more than 200,000 endpoints across 150 countries. Why is the White House only now airing its attribution?
In an usual move, federal regulators have made arrangements to have a cyber insurer cover a $2.3 million HIPAA penalty on behalf of a bankrupt cancer care clinic chain, 21st Century Oncology, which also signed false claims settlements totaling $26 million.
Most of the criminal activity targeting today's enterprises originates at the endpoint, and the majority of modern breaches use known threats or vulnerabilities for which a patch already exists. For this reason, endpoint visibility must be complete and continuous.
As data protection breaches have become daily headline news and everyone becomes increasingly sensitive about privacy, the regulatory regime is getting tougher. Data protection laws in Europe are more important than ever before - especially as the enforcement deadline of the EU GDPR looms.
Two Indiana attorneys, frustrated by delays in obtaining patient records on behalf of clients, are seeking more than $1 billion in damages in a lawsuit alleging 60 hospitals in the state fraudulently received HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments.