While a presidential advisory council wants to move forward quickly with using metadata tags within electronic health records, such as to indicate patient privacy preferences, another federal advisory panel is saying "not so fast."
Don't be too fast to blame Research In Motion for the disruption in BlackBerry service if your organization suffered from the lack of e-mail exchanges. It could be partly your fault, too, says noted infosec lawyer Francoise Gilbert.
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.
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 been well over a year since the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. How should banking institutions prepare for the hundreds of new regulations expected to come as a result of this landmark legislation?
Federal authorities deserve credit for adding privacy and security details to the final version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, several observers say. But some still believe the document doesn't go far enough in spelling out specific action steps and priorities.