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Auditors shine light on vulnerabilities in FDA computer network

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.

FTC pushes big data considerations at multi-government conference

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.

ONC releases early draft of interoperability roadmap

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.

ONC: Meaningful use incentive payments, electronic exchanges on the rise for doctors, hospitals

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.

VA expands immunization record sharing pilot

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.

CMS releases first set of providers' financial data, raising more concerns from dissenters

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.

FDA: Bake in medical device security, identify risks

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.

IG exposes information security gaps at federal, state health insurance exchanges

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.

Paper highlights legal, ethical issues with open health data, makes policy recommendations

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.

Healthcare.gov privacy and security vulnerabilities unresolved, says GAO

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.