Vulnerabilty testing of the Food and Drug Administration's computer network found several deficiencies that could potentially be exploited by attackers, but auditors did not gain unauthorized access to the network, an internal investigation revealed.
A meeting of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners concluded Oct. 16, resulting in the adoption of several resolutions, including one focused on privacy and big data. During the event, Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill urged privacy representatives from several countries to draft specific solutions to address the discrimination, security and privacy implications of big data.
An early draft form of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's roadmap to interoperability is based on five elements that will help meet three-, six- and 10-year objectives.
Doctors and hospitals continue to leverage health information technology at an increased rate, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report (pdf) to Congress.
Veterans will now be able to get some vaccinations at a nationwide drugstore's retail locations thanks to improved sharing of veteran electronic health records with a private platform.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data on 4.4 million payments to doctors and teaching hospitals worth almost $3.5 billion, providing consumers for the first time a closer glimpse into the financial relationships between health care providers and industry.
Medical device manufacturers should consider cybersecurity risks as part of the design and development of their products and submit documentation to the Food and Drug Administration about the risks identified and controls in place to mitigate those risks, says a final recommendation from the agency.
A recent review of three health insurance exchanges identified a variety of information security vulnerabilities ranging from unauthorized database access to poor information storage practices.
Government open data initiatives have made patient health information more readily available online through healthdata.gov and third-party sites that pull from public sources. But coherent legal and ethics policies are lagging data innovation, says a paper recently published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.
Some security and privacy weaknesses that were part of healthcare.gov's initial deployment remain unresolved, finds the Government Accountability Office. While the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has addressed some of the issues with the site, it hasn't fully mitigated all of them, says the watchdog.