Policy & Regulation Archive
While an external penetration test of the Food and Drug Administration's computer network and information systems by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General did not result in unauthorized access, an IG audit did identify a number of cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could put FDA data at risk.
Americas patient privacy law, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, has been anything but static. Regulators have pushed to keep it current and to draft forward-looking rules. This fall is no different.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a nationwide initiative that seeks to explore how information and data can be harnessed to help people lead healthier lives and build a culture of health.
An initiative launched last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to help providers meet Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use public health objectives is now focusing its efforts on Ebola electronic screening tools.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is increasing resources to Medicare accountable care organizations.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Wednesday discussed early strategic elements of a draft roadmap for achieving a nationwide interoperable HIT infrastructure based on input from industry stakeholders.
The American Medical Association in a 31-page letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner lays out a litany of recommendations to save Stage 2 and ensure success of Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
Penn Highlands Brookville, one of the four hospitals of DuBois, Pa.-based Penn Highlands Healthcare, is offering identity protection services to about 4,500 patients after a physicians server may have been hacked.
The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT has named Lucia Savage, senior associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare, as its new chief privacy officer effective Oct. 20.
At least two class action lawsuits have now been filed against hospital chain Community Health Systems following hacking attacks that compromised HIPAA-protected information for 4.5 million patients.
Government contractor RTI International will aid the federal government in determining the scope and functions of a new national health information technology safety center.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Oct. 9 submitted its annual report to Congress updating lawmakers on the nationwide adoption of health IT and health information exchange. Though significant progress has been made, ONC acknowledges that key barriers remain.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security will host a public workshop on Oct. 21-22 to develop a collaborative approach to medical device cybersecurity.
While health information exchange organizations are growing in maturity, they continue to face cost and technical challenges that remain key barriers to interoperability, according to the eHealth Initiatives 2014 health data exchange survey.
The long-term care industry in November is changing its standard for electronic prescribing, as the federal government is requiring that those who e-prescribe must use the SCRIPT standard of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs.