Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has the experience that could help move the office from strategy development to execution on a number of issues, including the privacy and security of health information, some observers say.
The federal government's official tally of major health information breaches now confirms the recent Health Net incident affected 1.9 million individuals, making it the largest breach on the list. Meanwhile, at least four state agencies are now investigating the incident.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights will hold their fourth annual healthcare information security conference May 10-11 in Washington.
After the revelation of Operation Aurora, the term began to take on a different meaning. "In essence," IBM's X-Force report says, "APT became associated with any targeted, sophisticated or complex attack regardless of the attacker, motive, origin or method of operation."
A draft of a Federal Health IT Strategic Plan provides a roadmap that the next national coordinator for health IT may use in spearheading many efforts, including protecting the privacy of healthcare information.
The federal list of major health information breaches that have occurred since September 2009 included 249 incidents affecting nearly 8.3 million individuals as of Tuesday. But the total affected could surpass 10 million once details about the recent Health Net breach are added.
Fraud, risk management emerging technologies -- these issues know no boundaries. That's why we're launching a series of new international BankInfoSecurity sites to draw proper attention to local issues that impact the global banking industry.
Roundup of news and insights from the National HIPAA Summit, including the announcement that state attorneys general soon will receive training on how to file federal civil lawsuits for HIPAA violations.