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.
Experts advise healthcare organizations that are considering using cloud computing to ask vendors tough questions about privacy and security and carefully consider whether they need additional liability insurance coverage to address the risks involved.
Because social media pose significant risks to patient privacy, healthcare organizations need to develop detailed social media policies. But unfortunately, many organizations have yet to take that action.
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, at left in photo, wants security provider McAfee to brief the House subcommittee she chairs on its report of cyberattacks waged against governments and global businesses for more than five years it labels Shady RAT.