If you need one more reason to take additional steps to prevent health information breaches, here's something to consider. An attorney argues that if breaches, and their high costs, are not brought under control, "I think where we are headed is to an insurance crisis."
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has selected the American National Standards Institute to accredit organizations that will certify electronic health records software for the HITECH Act EHR incentive program.
Breaches will not slow anytime soon, and there's not much financial institutions and the payments chain can do to stop them. At this point, the best course of action for banks and retailers is to focus on damage control.
Some organizations hesitate to involve law enforcement in their breach investigations for fear that exposing the hack would cost them their reputations and money. A Justice Department contingent tells a gathering of lawyers why that impression is wrong.
"I'd like to make sure our recommendations fit with what the FFIEC is recommending, to continue to help us mitigate risk," says Michael J. Wyffels, SVP and CTO of QCR Holdings Inc. "But the hackers seem to continue to find new ways to exploit vulnerabilities."
The Health IT Policy Committee on June 8 made recommendations on a number of privacy and security issues, including the use of digital certificates by participants in the Nationwide Health Information Network initiative.
When a database breach occurs, consumer notification continues to be a public problem. And it's time for the federal government to step in, says Linda Foley, co-founder of the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center.
"I think this is another great example of the lengths to which criminals will go to perpetrate these schemes, and the amount of homework they do," says Julie McNelley, banking and payments fraud analyst at Aite Group.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced a new program of prizes and competitions that's designed to spur innovations in health IT, including projects that address privacy and security.
Melissa Hathaway, at a cybersecurity forum for lawyers, calls for the cybersecurity education of judges so justice could be served in an era of digital assaults. She also explains how the Sony breach provides a new path for malware.