News about recent healthcare information breaches offers an important reminder: Monitoring the privacy and security procedures of your business associates should be a vital component of any breach prevention strategy.
Breach notification laws in most states would be preempted if a bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee becomes law. But that's a big if because of GOP objections, such as those voiced by the panel's ranking member, Charles Grassley.
The breach earlier this month of certificate authority DigiNotar could prove to be the worst security event ever to happen on the Internet because it threatens, at its core, a fundamental principle of Internet transactions - economic and social - trust.
Stanford Hospital & Clinics reports that a business associate's subcontractor caused a health information breach when information about 20,000 patients treated in the hospital's emergency department was posted on a website.
A new report to Congress about major healthcare information breaches shows that federal officials have yet to complete their investigations of corrective actions taken in the wake of 70 percent of incidents.
Nearly 7.9 million Americans were affected by almost 30,800 health information breaches between September 2009, when a federal healthcare breach notification rule took effect, and the end of 2010, according to a new report to Congress.
"Our proposal would give judges the authority they need to adequately punish serious offenders and to make these penalties commensurate with the same type of conduct occurring offline," Associate Deputy Attorney General James Baker tells Congress.
A new California law requires that organizations experiencing a data breach provide more detailed information to the individuals affected. The law, which covers breaches involving financial, healthcare and other personal information, goes into effect Jan. 1.
Preliminary results of our inaugural Healthcare Information Security Today survey, which is still open for participation, show that only about half of healthcare organizations have a plan in place to comply with the HITECH Act breach notification rule.
As of Aug. 22, 306 major health information breaches affecting a total of almost 11.7 million individuals were included in the official federal tally. Fourteen incidents affecting a total of about 270,000 were added since July 22.