When the HITECH Act was enacted early in 2009, much was made of its provisions calling for tougher enforcement of the HIPAA privacy and security rules. But we're still waiting for ramped-up enforcement to begin.
Federal agencies have until Jan. 28 to complete an assessment on how they handle confidential information, a process prompted by the WikiLeaks episode that exposed 250,000-plus diplomatic cables in November, says OMB Director Jacob Lew.
Delaware has implemented filters that block unencrypted messages containing the numeric pattern of Social Security numbers: three digits, two digits, four digits, state Chief Security Office Elayne Starkey says.
Expanding use of secure messaging as well as remote access to information systems are key 2011 IT priorities for Shriners Hospitals for Children, says Bill Bria, M.D., chief medical information officer.