Republican efforts to pull the plug on funding for the the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program have some hospital executives and physicians worried about the fate of the initiative. But some Capitol Hill observers say the worries are largely unfounded.
Three senators discount suggestions their bill would empower the president to deny citizens Internet access. "Nothing could be further from the truth," say Sens. Joseph Lieberman, Susan Collins (both pictured) and Thomas Carper.
Cyberthreats stem from the malware, but monetary losses stem from money mules. I've decided to coin a new term: eFraud. I cannot think of a better way to describe the wave of fraud incidents the financial industry is facing. It's electronic.
"Once you get over the idea that we don't have permanent world peace, and people may need to attack each other in particular circumstances ... then maybe there's a lot of good things to say about cyberweapons," says Peter Sommer of the London School of Economics' Information Systems and Innovation Group.
NACHA's CEO says ACH-related fraud is often over-hyped, and occurs far less often than check- and payment card-related fraud. But when corporate accounts are breached, fraudulent ACH transactions lead to big financial losses.
Sheryl Rose, the first chief information security officer at Catholic Health Initiatives, is leading efforts to implement a comprehensive security strategy as the organization rolls out electronic health records.
In the second major healthcare hacking attempt reported to federal authorities in recent weeks, a Tampa practice has notified 156,000 individuals that a hacker accessed a server containing its practice management system, which stores patient information.