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.
"Organized crime sees that this is a good business to come in, exploit and take advantage of the loopholes," says L.T. Lafferty, criminal defense attorney and mortgage fraud expert, on the schemes that cost banks billions each year.
"Veterans should have consistent and convenient access to reliable VA information real time using social media, whether on a smartphone or a computer," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki says.
Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel says the freeze extension would "reinforce the importance of curtailing the proliferation of standalone .gov sites and infrastructure. Should agencies need to establish new web content during this timeframe, they should leverage existing .gov sites."
Healthcare organizations entering cloud computing contracts should carefully consider whether they need additional liability insurance coverage to address the risks involved, says IT consultant Gerard Nussbaum.
Debit fraud and skimming are growing problems, and they're why California-based Fremont Bank is switching from mag-stripe to chip-based debit cards, says Chris Olson, the bank's chief operating and enterprise risk officer.
"Too often this focus on security has been used as an excuse to prevent the government from adopting the sort of innovative technologies that could better serve and engage the American people," Vivek Kundra says. "What's true is the inverse."
A months-long investigation led Australian investigators to more than 50 stolen POS terminals, dozens of card skimmers and more than 18,000 blank and counterfeit cards. So far, 25 people have been arrested and charged for their parts in the alleged scheme.
A federal proposal to require healthcare organizations to provide patients with access reports listing everyone who has electronically viewed their information is impractical, says Dan Rode of the American Health Information Management Association.