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Pandemic Planning

- Pandemic planning and information sharing among government agencies and stakeholders paid off during the H1N1 scare, says a new Government Accountability Office report. However, the report also found that the government’s credibility diminished when vaccine supplies did not meet public expectations.

Implantable Medical Devices: Hacks and Countermeasures

- Vulnerability of implanted medical devices is the topic of a presentation at Black Hat. Elsewhere, reports indicate that researchers are already developing countermeasures.

Hardware Theft Leads the List of Reasons for Medical Information Breaches

- Cybersecurity is a primary concern as corporate workplaces cozy up to mobile technology like smartphones and tablets, but physical theft of devices still remains the number one cause of security breaches of private health information, according to a Department of Health and Human Services database of health information breaches.

Sexual Assault Reporting Procedures at Veterans Affairs Hospitals Criticized

- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on problems uncovered at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding the way sexual assaults are reported in its medical facilities.

HHS Proposal Would Strengthen HIPAA Privacy Rule

- A new proposed rule by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would give people the right to learn who may have accessed their electronically stored healthcare information.

State Legislation: California: Elder Abuse

- A bill (A.B. 40) introduced in the California Legislature would amend its law regarding elder abuse. Under current law, certain people, referred to as mandated reporters, must report the physical or financial abuse of an elderly person. Under the new bill, mandated reporters would be required to notify two specific entities—the local ombudsman for the care facility and local law enforcement.

Security's Successful Operation

- How one hospital's security department gave itself a checkup and developed a regimen for improving performance.

Liability Lessons for Hospitals

- By understanding what leads to lawsuits against hospitals, healthcare organizations can reduce the risk of litigation.

Patients Uneasy About Security of Electronic Health Records

- A new survey finds patients wary of the move to electronic health records and the ability of their healthcare providers to secure them.

What We Can Learn From Arizona's Loss

- We aren't doing the mentally ill any favors by letting them deteriorate unassisted.   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Can Venture Capital Bolster America's Biodefenses?

- The Department of Health and Human Services wants to partner with the private sector to reinvent biodefense research and development.

Biodefense Innovation

- A publicly funded, privately run investment corporation to support high-risk, high-reward research could speed production of countermeasures after a biological attack or disease outbreak (.pdf) and is recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Hospital and Healthcare Security, Fifth Edition

- The fifth edition of a classic text,  with updates and revisions based on the changing landscape of hospital and healthcare security.
 




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