As of Aug. 22, 306 major health information breaches affecting a total of almost 11.7 million individuals were included in the official federal tally. Fourteen incidents affecting a total of about 270,000 were added since July 22.
We're pleased that two members of Congress have asked the Government Accountability Office to study whether federal regulators are adequately addressing the security risks involved in using wireless medical devices.
A federal proposal to require healthcare organizations to provide patients with access reports listing everyone who has electronically viewed their information is impractical, says Dan Rode of the American Health Information Management Association.
Federal officials should consider a major revamp of a proposal that would require healthcare organizations to provide patients with a report listing everyone who has electronically accessed their records, a former government official who helped draft the proposal says.
The Health IT Policy Committee has endorsed best practices for giving patients clear and simple guidance regarding how to safeguard electronic health records when viewing or downloading them, such as through a hospital's or clinic's portal.
When preparing for a potential HIPAA compliance audit, former HIPAA enforcer Adam Greene advises healthcare organizations: "Don't panic. I'm skeptical if it's possible for an organization to be 'audit-proof.' If you try to scramble and get everything in order, you may fail."
Looking at the international stock market crash and the impact it's likely to have on future investments in fraud detection and prevention, how much can banks and credit unions reasonably afford, when economic stability is shaky and the financial future uncertain?