Good data security is having “defensive depth” to information systems, says Alain Sheer, an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s division of privacy and identity protection. Sheer made the comments as a speaker at the Safeguarding Health Information Conference in Washington, citing examples of the need for multiple levels of defense.
CVS Pharmacies was assessed sanctions, for example, after it was found to be disposing paper records of identifiable medical and payment card information in public dumpsters. For falsely representing to the public that it would protect the information, CVS was charged with deception, as well as unfair practices, by the FTC.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights further imposed a $2 million fine and a three-year collective action plan on CVS.
Peer-to-peer file sharing programs, Sheer warned, also pose security risks.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.