Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a breach notification amendment into law that clarifies the definition of encrypted data, standardizes breach notification language and expands the definition of personal information.

A federal interoperability roadmap isn't enough to appropriately address the current barriers to information exchange, according to a new report from the American Hospital Association. 

The Veteran's Administration has awarded a $100 million contract to J P systems to standardize medical terminologies.   

A new guide from the National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to make EHRs more usable and safer. 

A group of New York residents whose health data were compromised during a data hack are suing the state's largest health insurance providers alleging negligence.

New legislation aims to improve health IT transparency and interoperability and follows up on the series of Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearings held this summer.

National Health IT Week has set a precedent for solidly putting the spotlight on EHRs, interoperability, telemedicine and more related to electronic information in healthcare but the developments occurring this week might just take the cake. 

A new online portal is designed to help mobile health technology developers better understand HIPAA privacy and security issues. 

Dell, the world's third-largest maker of personal computers, has announced plans to buy data storage company EMC for $67 billion. 

HIMSS has named two organizations as winners of 2015 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Awards.

Millennials take the lead when it comes to using technology to track fitness and personal wellness goals and to compare provider quality, according to a report by Deloitte.

“We need balance between standardized data and that data that is messier and harder to deal with but has equal value,” said Sally Okun, RN, vice president of advocacy, policy and patient safety at PatientsLikeMe, speaking at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s fifth annual Consumer Health IT Summit. If providers don’t find a way to establish that balance, “we will miss the opportunity to learn what participants can tell us about their real lives.”