Although the Nationwide Health Information Exchange standards eventually will help pave the way for HIEs to share information, security risks related to the "weakest link in the chain" must be addressed, says consultant Patti Dodgen.
President Obama issues an executive order to establish a task force aimed to prevent potentially damaging and embarrassing exposure of government secrets, 10 months after a quarter-million secret diplomatic cables were leaked.
The nation's new chief HIPAA enforcer views the protection of privacy as an important way to help ensure patients have access to care. And his passion about the issue means you can expect HIPAA enforcement efforts to intensify in the months ahead.
It's ironic that Congressional Democrats and Republicans say they're willing to compromise on cybersecurity legislation. With so much else these days in Congress, compromise is not a 10-letter, but 4-letter word.
"It should provide fuel for anyone calling for data breach legislation to include criminal sanctions ...," says Neal O'Farrell of the Identity Theft Council. "This was nothing short of a clumsy cover-up."
Ineffective or noncompliant security practices of service providers, the inability of customers to examine controls, the prospect of data leakage and the loss of data if a cloud service is terminated present challenges.
Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn III cautions that cuts to IT security initiatives, when they come, must be carefully applied, and certain areas must remain exempt from the budget ax, such as cybersecurity.
"Organizations are putting in layers of security and tools to safeguard information and assets, however, the fraudsters are attacking our weakest link, the consumer," says Anthony Vitale of Patelco Credit Union.