A Federal Trade Commission report on how to reduce the security and privacy risks for consumers posed by the Internet of Things has drawn criticism, even by one of the FTC's own commissioners. The report is based on a November 2013 FTC workshop.
Mobile devices and apps increasingly are being used in healthcare settings, and with that comes greater risk to the security of patient information. To that end, hospitals and healthcare organizations are implementing a variety of systems and safe guards to ward off hackers and ensure the privacy of patient data.
"My team is constantly looking at 'what are the new threats?' and 'what's going on out there?'" Cris Ewell, chief information security officer at Seattle Children's Hospital, recently told FierceMobileHealthcare.
For this special report, Ewell and two other health IT leaders--Joseph Kvedar, director of the Partners HealthCare Center For Connected Health in Boston, and Rick Follett, CIO at Good Samaritan Health System in Lebanon, Pennsylvania--spoke with FierceMobileHealthcare about their mHealth security efforts. Full Report
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From chief nursing informatics officers to chief information officers, nurses increasingly are taking on new leadership roles in health IT and having a major impact on healthcare innovation and delivery.
FierceHealthIT spoke to three nurses who also are leaders in healthcare IT about the challenges and rewards of their work. Special Report
As recently as last spring, privacy and security appeared to be a back-burner issue for many in the healthcare industry. For instance, a planned cyberattack simulation conducted in April by the Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed that healthcare organizations had not been engaging their stakeholders enough in security preparedness plans. What's more, the simulation found that healthcare organizations were not terribly open to adopting industry-wide best practices.
Then, last August, news broke about a hack attack on Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems in which protected health information for roughly 4.5 million patients was compromised.
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