A jury's decision to award $940 million in damages to electronic health records software vendor Epic Systems, which had sued India's Tata Consultancy Services alleging theft of trade secrets, serves up lessons about the importance of restricting access to all sensitive data, including intellectual property.
In an in-depth interview, CIO Ed Ricks of Beaufort Memorial Hospital in South Carolina offers insights on how the community hospital, with limited resources, is tackling breach prevention and detection. He'll be a featured speaker at the HIMSS 2016 Conference.
Why is devising a reliable patient identifier such a critical issue? Because matching a patient to the wrong records creates serious safety risks as well as privacy problems, says CIO Marc Probst, who explains in an interview how he's tackling the issue at Intermountain Healthcare.
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to more closely scrutinize federal regulators' oversight of the security controls that healthcare providers and business associates use to protect electronic patient information. It also will review FDA oversight of medical device cybersecurity.
Now that it has issued a 10-year roadmap for secure, interoperable health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has a number of privacy-related projects planned for 2016, says Lucia Savage, ONC's chief privacy officer. She spells those out in this in-depth interview.
A number of short-term and long-term hurdles, including technology and policy issues, stand in the way of achieving secure, interoperable, nationwide health information exchange, says David Kibbe, M.D., of DirectTrust, which maintains a secure email framework.
As a result of a continuing investigation, the estimated number of organizations affected by a recent cyberattack on Web-based electronic health records vendor Medical Informatics Engineering and its personal health records subsidiary, NoMoreClipBoard, has ballooned.
New draft guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology instructs healthcare providers on critical steps for securing patient data on mobile devices. Nate Lesser, who helped prepare the report, offers an analysis.
Privacy advocate Deborah Peel, M.D., is worried that several ongoing healthcare sector initiatives could potentially erode patient privacy and individuals' control over their health records. Find out about her latest concerns.
A former hospital CFO has been sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for submitting false documents so a medical center could receive payments under the HITECH Act electronic health records financial incentive program.
Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, describes an updated privacy and security guide for physician practices and discusses a variety of other cybersecurity issues in an interview at HIMSS15.
A former hospital CFO has pleaded guilty to submitting false documents so the medical center could receive payments from the HITECH Act EHR incentive program. Some legal experts say other federal prosecutions for HITECH Act fraud are likely.
The secure national exchange of patients' health information for use in treatment will make progress once "we simplify what we say when we're explaining privacy to people," says Lucia Savage, new chief privacy officer of ONC.
The unrestrained growth of digital information world-wide is making it extremely difficult for organizations to capture, manage, store, share and dispose of information in any meaningful way. With the challenges of an evolving regulatory environment and the information overload problem with management practices, many...