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Opinion: Privacy may make or break e-health

By Brett Avery | 22 January, 2013 12:06

Over the past five years, the government and industry have developed legislation and standards that enable healthcare institutions to effectively share electronic health data.

Security concerns over Australia’s e-health records

By Stilgherrian | 23 April, 2012 11:34

As Australia grinds ever-closer to putting our health records online from (allegedly) 1 July, disturbing news is emerging. US hospitals are seeing more data breaches, and Australian medical experts warn that patient safety could be put at risk.

Medical data breaches soar, according to study

By George V. Hulme | 02 December, 2011 01:58

Security breaches among healthcare organizations are soaring. That's the conclusion of the Second Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by ID Experts.

Healthcare breaches: Do they even matter?

By George V. Hulme | 22 November, 2011 01:41

While the healthcare industry moves to invest billions into electronic health records, a steady trail of breaches and broken promises of security is starting to take its toll on patient trust.

Healthcare security needs a booster shot

By George V. Hulme | 01 October, 2011 00:02

A new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers has found that a majority of health enterprises do not have the security in place, nor the policies, to properly protect patient data and privacy.


Will Healthcare Ever Take IT Security Seriously?

By Brian Eastwood | 26 February, 2014 19:20

A recent threat intelligence study reports widespread security vulnerabilities in healthcare organizations, many of which went unnoticed for months. In December, a developer pulled unencrypted data from a 'certified' mobile health app in less than a minute. Why is it so hard for healthcare to get security right?

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.