With digitization and interconnected devices come HIPAA compliance costs and a web of security issues. Organizations should thus be devoting extra scrutiny to vendors and designing security architectures from the get-go, one cyber-security analyst suggests.
A new cooperative agreement between the ONC, Direct Trust and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup will be crafting implementation and security accreditations to expand HIE -- one route to interoperability governance that does not require complicated (or controversial) national regulations.
The VA's Office of the Inspector General has found VA medical centers sending patient data unencrypted over the Internet and potentially exposing IP addresses, amid an apparent delay in IT security implementation.
A new report found that fewer patient records were compromised, but breaches spiked upward and the firm cautioned against complacency, saying that last year's attack on the Utah health department might be "the canary in the coal mine."
Venture capitalists were cautious when it came to technologies that impact patient care, according to a new report, which also explained that a more stable investment environment may be better in the long run.
Continua Health Alliance executive director Chuck Parker explains how meaningful use, in combination with the influx of mobile devices, "represents a historic opportunity to leverage technology for preventive and consultative care."
Stolen health records are worth five orders of magnitude more than financial ones -- and as mobile devices, electronic information exchange, and healthcare cloud repositories proliferate across an industry lagging in encryption practices, those health records might become more alluring to organized criminals.