A new report says the Department of Health and Human Services must improve oversight of the HITECH Act's EHR incentive program, so that providers show better proof of compliance, including risk assessments.
The leaders in Congress on cybersecurity matters are the chairs of the committees that have jurisdiction over IT security. In both houses, chairmanship changes mean new lawmakers will lead legislative initiatives on cybersecurity in the 113th Congress.
South Carolina's Revenue Department went nearly a year without a chief information security officer before its tax system was hacked this summer. The agency's chief says the state couldn't find a qualified candidate for the job that pays $100,000 a year.
Comments are being accepted through Jan. 14, 2013, on potential privacy and security requirements to be included in the meaningful use rule for Stage 3 of the HITECH Act's electronic health record incentive program.
Farzad Mostashari, who heads the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, told a House panel that the HITECH incentive program is on track to achieve its goals of widespread adoption of EHRs and secure data interchange.
Despite numerous data breaches, as well as financial incentives and penalties, many healthcare organizations aren't taking risk assessment requirements seriously. Experts offer insights on best practices.
Human genome sequencing can support groundbreaking research leading to improved treatments. But before genetic testing can become common, privacy issues need to be tackled, says Lisa M. Lee, who heads a presidential advisory panel.
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to scrutinize whether any HITECH Act electronic health record incentive payments have been inappropriately issued and review HIPAA compliance enforcement efforts.
What's missing from remarks by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others is how the stalemate that led to the filibuster of the Cybersecurity Act could be resolved. Will the election make a difference?