In the wake of hacker attacks, which have left healthcare providers uncertain about what security steps to take, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is working to help organizations sort out role-based identity and access management issues, says ONC's privacy officer, Lucia Savage.
A controversy over the University of Oregon's handling of a student's mental health records is building momentum for reforms in a regulation that allows schools to use, and in some cases disclose, certain education records of students without their consent.
Despite the ongoing ban on federal funding for the development of a national unique patient identifier, progress is being made through collaborative efforts to improve patient data matching to ensure safety and privacy, says security expert Lisa Gallagher.
Carilion Clinic, a Roanoke, Va.-based network of hospitals and outpatient facilities, has fired or disciplined 14 employees over a problem common at many healthcare organizations: patient record snooping. Experts discuss how to tackle the challenge.
Did Massachusetts' first registered medical marijuana dispensary break federal or state privacy regulations by accidentally sharing patients' email addresses? Experts explain that ... well, the answer is a little hazy.
As the Department of Defense embarks on a multi-billion dollar project to overhaul its EHR system, supporting millions of military personnel, there are critical privacy and security challenges to be tackled.
Akamai's John Ellis talks about the quick evolution of bots and botnets, and how enterprise security leaders should deal with them now using a three-pronged approach - detection, management and mitigation.
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.
Privacy attorney Kirk Nahra says largely overlooked provisions tucked away in the "21st Century Cures" bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives could have a significant impact on patient privacy.
Britain's high court has overturned "emergency" surveillance legislation, which was rushed into law in July 2014 after just one day of debate in Parliament, on the grounds that it included insufficient safeguards against abuse.
Outrage has erupted in Britain after a London police helicopter crew tweeted a photograph of well-known comedian Michael McIntyre as he was about to cross the road. Has the British surveillance state run amok?
Healthcare CIOs are lobbying for the creation of a unique national patient identifier to facilitate secure national health information exchange. Leslie Krigstein of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives explains the initiative.
Warning: All versions of Flash Player are vulnerable to a zero-day, weaponized exploit that became public when Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team was hacked, and 400 GB of corporate data leaked. Adobe has released an update to patch the flaw.
A dozen well-known cryptographers and information security specialists have published a paper explaining why they believe it's unfeasible to create a so-called "backdoor" to allow law enforcement to decrypt encoded information.
Italian surveillance software maker Hacking Team has confirmed that it was hacked and recommends police, law enforcement and government agencies suspend their use of its software, pending a full breach investigation.