Faced with criticism for a lack of details and vision in its original draft of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2011-2015, federal authorities have beefed up some privacy and security details in the final version.
From 2004 to 2010, Latesha Brown used her privileges to accept and submit forged birth certificates, pay stubs and other documents to obtain loans at several institutions. How did she go undetected for so long?
In an attempt to make it easier to compare the privacy practices of personal health records vendors, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has created a model privacy notice.
"Once you identify that person based on the unique characteristics of their face, you could then match it with other databases," privacy advocate Beth Givens says, referring to privacy gaps created by facial recognition technology.
"You can't have someone arrested for violating your policies," says former Bear Stearns CISO Jennifer Bayuk. "The question is: What did he do, and was there a policy that would have prevented the activity?"
Leon Rodriguez, formerly chief of staff and deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, is the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights.
The inability of the Department of Homeland Security to implement appropriate IT and application controls has placed at risk the confidentiality, integrity and availability of DHS's financial and operational data, according to an audit conducted for the department's inspector general.
Responding to a request for ideas on how to update the Common Rule, which provides guidelines for research on human subjects, the Privacy and Security Tiger Team says a key issue is how to define "research."
"The tech fellows will be given the challenge of working with the projects and complex systems that are only available when working in federal IT," Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel says. "This is the competitive advantage that the federal government holds against the private sector."