More healthcare organizations are "decoupling" their HIPAA compliance efforts from their cybersecurity initiatives, a sign that the sector is maturing, says security expert Axel Wirth, discussing findings of a new study by HIMSS Analytics and Symantec.
HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Roger Severino told an audience at the HIMSS18 conference Tuesday that there will be "no slowdown" in the agency's HIPAA enforcement efforts. But he told ISMG following the presentation that there will be no phase 3 for HIPAA compliance audits.
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.
Federal agencies recently gave medical research organizations and others an extra six months to comply with most provisions of the updated "Common Rule" regulations that aim to protect human subjects in research, including ensuring their privacy. What's the impact of the delay?
Is U.S. computer crime justice draconian? That's one obvious question following England's Court of Appeal ruling that suspected hacker Lauri Love would not be extradited to the United States, in part, because they said the U.S. justice system could not be trusted to treat Love humanely.
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.
Iliana Peters has left the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights just months after she was named to replace the agency's former top HIPAA enforcer, Deven McGraw. Is OCR experiencing a HIPAA brain drain?
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: England's Court of Appeal rejects U.S. extradition request for suspected hacker Laurie Love. Also, what took Uber and Partners Health so long to come clean about their respective data breaches?
In one of the largest HIPAA settlements ever, federal regulators have signed a $3.5 million settlement with a Massachusetts-based healthcare organization that reported five small health data breaches in 2012 involving lost or stolen unencrypted computing devices.
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?
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new chief privacy officer, Kathryn Marchesini, has a wealth of experience. But will the Department of Health and Human Services give her the resources she needs to get the job done?
While a draft "trusted exchange framework" unveiled last week by federal regulators includes proposed components that could raise the bar for the security of health data exchange, some experts caution that elements included in the final document should not be overly prescriptive.