Associations representing clinic administrators, healthcare CIOs and health information managers are asking federal regulators to go back to the drawing board on the access report provision of a proposed Accounting of Disclosures rule.
The Privacy and Security Tiger Team is spelling out best practices for giving patients clear and simple guidance regarding how to safeguard electronic health records when downloading them from a hospital or a clinic.
It is no longer enough for information security professionals to secure critical information. They also need to be asking about the legitimacy of where this information comes from, says John Colley, managing director of (ISC)2 in EMEA.
"Consumer notification is often hampered by the fact that companies must first determine their obligations under 47 different state regimes," says Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., the subcommittee's chair and bill's sponsor.
NIST's Ron Ross points out that its seminal security control guidance, Special Publication 800-53, contains only one privacy control, requiring agencies to conduct a privacy impact assessment. That will change by year's end.
A new consumer survey suggests healthcare organizations still have a long way to go in educating patients about the benefits of electronic health records and easing their concerns about security issues.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering a $50,000 prize to a developer who successfully demonstrates the expansion of the use of the "Blue Button" application to enable veterans to download their patient information from providers outside the VA.
The Department of Health and Human Services has published a proposed rule that describes privacy, security and many other standards for web-based state insurance exchanges called for under the healthcare reform law.