Federal regulators have issued new guidance to clarify what uses and disclosures of patient information for public health reporting, surveillance and investigations are permitted under HIPAA's privacy regulations.
President Obama is expected on Dec. 13 to sign the 21st Century Cures Act, which the Senate passed on Dec. 7. Among its long list of provisions, the bill lays out a number of privacy and security-related projects for HHS, including imposing fines on those that intentionally block health data information sharing.
In a rare settlement of a data breach class action lawsuit, Tampa General Hospital has agreed to pay plaintiffs who alleged they're at risk for identity theft as a result of insider incidents. But was the settlement amount appropriate?
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have promised to contribute to a shared database containing hashes - digital fingerprints - of images and videos that promote hatred or terror to facilitate more rapid takedowns. But does the project go far enough?
Hacker incidents continue to dominate major breaches reported to the Department of Health and Human Services. Among the latest incidents added to the HHS tally: an attack at an Atlanta clinic affecting more than 530,000 individuals. What can be done to address the risks?
The House has easily approved a heavily reworked version of the 21st Century Cures bill that was stripped of controversial proposed changes to HIPAA. The measure, which would provide $6.3 billion for various efforts to advance medical innovation and is backed by the White House, will proceed to the Senate next week.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a physician chosen by President-elect Trump to head the Department of Health and Human Services, has been an advocate of adding flexibility to the HITECH Act electronic health records program and for repealing Obamacare. But where does he stand on privacy and security issues?
Score one for preparation: In the wake of a ransomware attack that infected 900 workstations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says it's restoring affected systems, vowing to not give the attackers a single bitcoin of their ransom demand.
The House is slated to vote Nov. 30 on a heavily reworked version of the 21st Century Cures bill that no longer includes a controversial provision calling for significant changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
In the 13th HIPAA enforcement action this year, federal regulators have slapped the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a $650,000 financial settlement and corrective action plan after investigating a relatively small 2013 breach involving a malware infection at a campus speech and language center.
The latest ISMG Security Report leads with a look at how to protect patient data should President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress follow through with their promise to dismantle Obamacare. Also featured is a discussion of whether IoT security should be regulated.
Now that electronic health records have been widely adopted, the Department of Health and Human Services must do more to promote the exchange of complete, accurate and timely information, subject to appropriate privacy and security safeguards, according to a new federal watchdog report.
If President-elect Donald Trump fulfills a campaign promise to repeal Obamacare - which could result in the dismantling of HealthCare.gov and state health insurance exchanges - great caution will be needed to protect the data of millions of consumers contained in those systems.