Clinics applying for HITECH Act electronic health records incentive payments are getting a reminder about the importance of information security, says Robert Tennant of the Medical Group Management Association
The hospital that is treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and other victims of the Jan. 8 shooting incident in Tucson, Ariz., has fired three staff members for inappropriately accessing confidential medical records.
A New Hampshire radiology practice is notifying more than 230,000 patients that they may have been affected by a healthcare information breach incident involving hackers using a server to gain bandwidth to play a video game.
Geisinger Health System has notified about 3,000 patients about a breach incident in which a physician inappropriately e-mailed unencrypted health information from his work computer to his home computer.
Community hospitals must become more vigilant about information security, especially as they apply for federal electronic health records incentive payments, says Chuck Christian, CIO at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.
About 400,000 Puerto Ricans enrolled in the government's health insurance plan for the impoverished have potentially been affected by a breach incident involving unauthorized access to an Internet database.
There was good news and bad news in the past month about the official federal tally of major health information breaches. While only six new incidents were added in the past month, one of those cases affected more than 280,000 individuals.
Staff training, aggressive breach prevention efforts and strong sanctions for violating policies are key to creating a corporate culture that values privacy and security, says Alan Dowling, the new CEO of the American Health Information Management Association.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken steps to help ensure thumb drives lacking encryption cannot be plugged into its computers. The move comes following the discovery of an unencrypted drive containing personal information on veterans.