Privacy & Security

By Darren Leroux 08:05 am May 07, 2014
What the healthcare industry needs to know about preventing security risk.
By John Halamka 08:35 am April 30, 2014
As I survey the landscape in 2014, I see much more sophisticated attacks at the same time there is much more severe regulatory enforcement. Where would I put my security dollars this year?
By Jeff Rowe 03:57 pm April 29, 2014
As technology continues to evolve, it can be difficult to resist getting caught by the "gee whiz" factor as we project what the future of healthcare could look like. But a new study may reveal the kind of challenges that lie ahead.
By David Harlow 08:51 am April 29, 2014
The Heartbleed web security exploit was first publicized several weeks ago. Fred Trotter notes in the MIT Technology Review that other similarly worrisome exploits do not get our attention in the same way, and that more health data leaks are likely in our future.
By David Harlow 08:07 am April 17, 2014
There are innumerable clinical, financial and compliance issues to be concerned about in this watershed era for the American healthcare system. However, do not forget about HIPAA.
By Kurt Hagerman 08:23 am March 28, 2014
As we discussed in Part I of this series, encryption plays a vital role in healthcare IT security, but not everyone understands the ins and outs. Today we're going to focus on the other more critical components of encryption.
By Jeff Rowe 08:29 am February 06, 2014
One of the enduring ironies when it comes to health IT is the contradiction between the understandable concern among healthcare stakeholders over data security and the apparent willingness of patients to share their own information. Two recent polls bear this out.
By David Harlow 08:42 am January 30, 2014
The recent FTC decision in the LabMD case has HIPAA-watchers scratching their heads, tugging their beards, and generally wondering about reconciling FTC-style litigation-based regulation with OCR-style rule-based regulation of health care data privacy and security.
By Kurt Hagerman 08:20 am January 29, 2014
IT may not get much credit when it comes to saving patient lives, but there's no denying that cloud technologies can help do just that. By making medical data immediately available to providers, cloud-enabled applications can share test results, identify medication allergies and improve patient outcomes.
By Shahid Shah 09:23 am January 27, 2014
Recently I was invited by the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation to lead a discussion that addressed patient privacy concerns and potential solutions for doctors working with EHRs.

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