A new initiative aims to create a standards-based nationwide patient credential and matching ecosystem to ultimately improve matching patients with their electronic health information, says Scott Stuewe, CEO of DirectTrust, the nonprofit, vendor-neutral organization that is leading the effort.
The cost of a data breach is mighty. And for healthcare entities, the cost of a HIPAA violation also can prove costly. Greg Hoffman of Paubox shares five critical steps you might be overlooking to ensure emails remain HIPAA-compliant and tells how to take compliance responsibility out of human hands.
The White House is seeking fiscal 2023 budget increases for the Department of Health and Human Services, including a boost in funding for cybersecurity initiatives including medical device security and regulatory and enforcement efforts related to secure health data exchange.
The Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center is closely assessing the Russia-Ukraine war to assist its members, as well as other healthcare sector entities, to prepare for the potential known and yet-unknown cybersecurity threats that could affect them, says H-ISAC President Denise Anderson.
The $1.5 trillion fiscal 2022 spending bill approved this week by Congress provides modest funding increases - far below what was requested - for two key Department of Health and Human Services' agencies involved with the protection of health data. It is headed to President Biden for his signature.
Federal regulators have released the final versions of the long-awaited Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, which provide a governance framework to promote secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange - an effort that has been in the making for years.
The healthcare and pharmaceutical industry is a target for both criminal and state-sponsored threats.
More large healthcare data breaches were reported in 2020 than in any other year. Additionally, 2021 has seen five consecutive months where industry data breaches have been reported at a rate of two or more per...
Although the federal information blocking rule spells out practices that are not considered violations of the regulation, healthcare entities must carefully assess the validity of privacy or security concerns before denying access, exchange or use of patient data, says attorney Adam Greene.
Your data is leaking and it's at risk.
Data is a crucial and pervasive asset of any healthcare organization, but to safeguard your most
valuable information—as well as that of your patients—there needs to be a shift in the data security
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The Department of Health and Human Services needs to improve collaboration among several of its internal entities, as well as with external partners, in order to bolster cybersecurity threat intelligence sharing in the healthcare and public health sector, says a watchdog agency report.
With a goal of better matching the right patients to all the right medical records, federal regulators have issued new draft technical specifications for standardizing how patients' physical addresses are formatted and represented in health IT systems. But could the effort present new security and privacy risks?
The Biden administration's fiscal 2022 proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services calls for an increase in spending to protect HHS from evolving cyberthreats as well as funding boosts to support regulatory and enforcement efforts related to health data privacy and security.
HIPAA compliance is a complex cybersecurity standard with onerous consequences for failure. Securing Protected Health Information (PHI) at rest and in transit is the critical piece that is too often neglected until it leads to breaches of HIPAA requirements.
HIPAA’s Final Omnibus Rule in 2013 doubled the maximum...
As patients more commonly use smartphones and APIs to access their health information, critical security and privacy considerations need to be top of mind, says Micky Tripathi, the new national coordinator for health IT at HHS.
Long-awaited federal information blocking and health IT interoperability regulations went into effect this week. They are designed to give patients improved access to their records, including via smartphone apps, and make it easier for organizations to share records in an effort to improve treatment.