The 21st Century Cure bill, designed to advance medical research and innovation, has passed another Congressional hurdle without any revisions to controversial provisions that call for significant changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
Caffeine junkies are up in arms over reports that criminals have been targeting their Starbucks account balances. But the real story is poor password-picking practices by consumers, and Starbucks' lack of multi-factor authentication.
An amended version of the 21st Century Cure bill has passed its first Congressional hurdle without revisions to provisions that would significantly change the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The bill also would set penalties for blocking information sharing.
The FBI is offering a big-stakes reward for an alleged criminal who ranks at the top of its "cyber most wanted" list. But one cybercrime expert asks: "Would you cross the Russian mafia or some organized crime gang for $3 million?"
Some privacy experts are concerned that a proposed "21st Century Cures" bill would weaken HIPAA privacy protections for patient data. The measure is designed to help speed up the development of new drugs and treatments.
Electronic health record interoperability and secure health information exchange have been key areas of focus for federal health IT leaders in recent months. Now these topics are getting even more attention from Congress.
Federal regulators have hit a small Denver pharmacy with a $125,000 penalty for a 2012 breach involving improper disposal of paper patient records. It's the second such HIPAA-related penalty within a year tied to improper records dumping.
The buzz at RSA could be felt beyond the session rooms, not least in the Expo Hall, with demonstrations that tapped Google Cardboard and offered an array of enticing tchotchkes - including selfie sticks and sharks with laser pointers on their head.
After a three-year delay, federal regulators remain tight-lipped about when the next round of HIPAA compliance audits will begin. But a variety of HIPAA-related guidance is in the works, a government official reveals at the HIMSS15 conference.
Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, describes an updated privacy and security guide for physician practices and discusses a variety of other cybersecurity issues in an interview at HIMSS15.
A former respiratory therapist at an Ohio hospital has been indicted for HIPAA violations in connection with alleged inappropriate access to the records of nearly 600 patients. Such criminal cases remain relatively rare.
Several healthcare associations have raised concerns about some of the privacy and security components of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's proposed 10-year electronic health record interoperability roadmap.