Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk Inc. has agreed to a $1.725 million civil settlement agreement to resolve allegations that the company accessed and misused private patient information and filed false or fraudulent Medicaid claims.
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.
"This is yet another [incident] in what is turning into a major 'breach streak,' which will make all of us rethink what information security really means," says Mike Urban, senior director of fraud solutions for FICO.
"Durbin, as it stands today, is very poor for the payments industry and the consumer, because it would lend itself to reducing fraud prevention and detection," says one banking/security leader about the controversial Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank banking reform.
After hearing objections from hospitals and physicians about a proposed "opt-in" approach to obtaining patient consent for health information exchange, the Maine legislature has passed a rewritten measure that spells out rules for an "opt-out" approach.
"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."
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 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.
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.