08/30/2011 - 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.
06/22/2011 - 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.
06/14/2011 - 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.
06/01/2011 - 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.
05/27/2011 - 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.
11/30/2010 - 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.