Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the “Cyber Security Exchange Act” on Monday, aimed at bringing more cybersecurity experts to the federal workforce.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency workforce tasked with maintaining the cybersecurity of the country’s critical infrastructure industries—such as healthcare systems and banking—has been virtually halved due to government shutdown-related furloughs. Experts are concerned about what that could mean for the country’s cybersecurity readiness.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new effort to engage health information technology (IT) developers by making standards-based application programming interfaces available.
HHS’ Office for Civil Rights this week issued a Request for Information on “Modifying HIPAA Rules to Improve Coordinated Care,” which will collect public input on how the HIPAA Rules—the HIPAA Privacy Rule in particular—could be modified to better promote coordinated, value-based care.
The movement to give patients electronic access to doctors’ notes continues to gain momentum, as additional studies garner positive feedback from participating patients.