As health data privacy concerns heat up to a boiling point on multiple fronts, it's more essential than ever that patients get a clear opportunity to make a choice about whether their data is shared, says privacy advocate Twila Brase, who heads the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom.
As the wait continues for federal regulators to issue final rules for health IT interoperability and information blocking prevention, some industry stakeholders are raising serious concerns about the privacy of patient data accessed and shared using application programming interfaces and mobile consumer apps.
HHS has issued a draft of a five-year strategic health IT plan that is largely focused on providing patients with secure access to their health information as well as supporting secure, interoperable health information exchange among providers.
The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) has disrupted the future strategy of healthcare organizations and market segments. Security breaches have become a major concern for providers, and with the increase in high-profile hacks and hospitals' growing dependence on IoMT devices, cybersecurity is of absolutely critical...
Ascension healthcare system's sharing of data with Google on millions of patients is drawing increased scrutiny from members of Congress as well as privacy advocates. What are the major areas of concern?
As 2020 approaches, healthcare experts forecast necessary information security priorities for the coming year. They will also look back at the mistakes made over the past decade.
Healthcare organizations continue to grow and change at an unprecedented velocity. With 2019 outpacing previous years for acquisitions,...
Enforcing patients' rights under HIPAA to access their health information - including via health apps - is a top policy initiative at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Director Roger Severino said in a Wednesday presentation. He also said a $2.1 million HIPAA penalty would be announced soon.
Seven healthcare and health IT industry groups are asking Congress to apply the brakes in issuing a final rule on interoperability, information blocking and health information exchange as required under the 21st Century Cures Act, citing concerns about privacy and other issues.
Some healthcare IT industry groups and large provider organizations are pushing the Senate to follow the House's lead and approve a measure to lift the 20-year ban on federal funding of the development or adoption of a unique national patient identifier. Why is this still such a hot privacy issue?
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued proposed changes to privacy rules related to the sharing of patient records created by federally assisted substance use disorder treatment programs. Do the proposals go too far, or not far enough?
The National Association of Attorneys General is urging Congress to drop the "cumbersome, out-of-date privacy rules" contained in federal regulations on substance abuse and instead apply the "effective and more familiar" HIPAA Privacy Rule to help address the opioid crisis by easing the sharing of data.
DirectTrust's new effort to develop a standard for instant messaging in healthcare could potentially help providers securely communicate in real time over multiple platforms, says Scott Stuewe, the nonprofit alliance's president and CEO.
DirectTrust, - known for creating and maintaining the Direct protocol and trust framework for secure email in healthcare - has kicked off a new initiative to develop industry standards for secure real-time instant messaging. What are the potential benefits?
The federal government says it will scrutinize healthcare providers and health IT vendors that participate in so-called "information blocking." But what are the top technical challenges and other barriers in ensuring that health information is being appropriately, legally and securely shared with clinicians, patients...