Deven McGraw has been named deputy director of the health information privacy division of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS. McGraw will lead OCR's policy and enforcement on HIPAA. Some hail this move, while others worry about her stance on privacy issues and a perceived "pro-business" slant.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office says inaccurate medical records and noncompliance are thwarting efforts to lower suicide rates among veterans.
Medical Informatics Engineering, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based maker of Web-based health information-technology software, said Wednesday it was the victim of a sophisticated cyber attack that exposed the protected health information of an unknown number of patients.
A second medical conference in Chicago this week will feature physicians and attorneys exploring the legal issues surrounding healthcare data privacy breaches and telemedicine.
Cybersecurity experts say it's likely the same Chinese hackers who recently breached the records of at least 4 million government workers were also responsible for the cyberattacks against insurers Anthem, Premera and CareFirst.
An 11-nation study of data loss across 16 industries finds healthcare breaches are the most expensive to remediate and growing more so.
The newly announced cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the massive earlier hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have had a narrower impact if the health insurers hadn't retained customer data for so long, experts say.
Data Points for the week of May 25, 2015, covered the following topics: Paying physicians based on quality, infections from contaminated duodenoscopes, nursing home quality ratings, TV ads for children for poor quality food
IT staff at CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield believed they contained a data hack back in June. But on Wednesday, the insurer said data on 1.1 million individuals was breached. Experts warn any delay in responding to a breach can aggravate security risks and increase public relations damage.
CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a not-for-profit insurer serving Maryland, Washington and northern Virginia, said Wednesday that it was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack affecting 1.1 million individuals.
Criminal attacks have more than doubled over the past five years and are now the most common cause of healthcare data breaches, according to the Ponemon Institute's fifth annual survey on healthcare data security.
Revised House bill to overhaul U.S. regulation of prescription drugs includes funding for NIH, and other news
A revised House bill that would overhaul federal regulation of prescription drugs and medical devices includes more funding for the National Institutes of Health, representing a compromise with Democrats who had withdrawn support for the bill.