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May 142014
 

Alison Diana reports:

With the mandated adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), many healthcare professionals for the first time got centralized access to patient records. Now they’re figuring out how to use all this information. Although the healthcare industry has been slow to delve into big data, that might be about to change. At stake: not only money saved from more efficient use of information, but also new research and treatments — and that’s just the beginning.

For instance, data from wireless, wearable devices such as FitBits is expected to eventually flood providers and insurers; by 2019, spending on wearables-data collection will reach $52 million, according to ABI Research. Another source of health data waiting to be analyzed: social media. Monitoring what people post can help fight insurance fraud and improve customer service.

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Nov 252013
 

Ross Anderson writes:

Your medical records are now officially on sale. American drug companies now learn that MedRed BT Health Cloud will provide public access to 50 million de-identified patient records from UK.

David Cameron announced in 2011 that every NHS patient would be a research patient, with their records opened up to private healthcare firms. He promised that our records would be anonymised and we’d have a right to opt out. I pointed out that anonymisation doesn’t work very well (as did the Royal Society) but the Information Commissioner predictably went along with the charade (and lobbyists are busy fixing up the new data protection regulation in Brussels to leave huge loopholes for health service management and research). The government duly started to compel the upload of GP data, to join the hospital data it already has. During the launch of a medical confidentiality campaign the health secretary promised to respect existing opt-outs but has now reneged on his promise.

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Sep 202012
 

Michelle McNickle reports:

The recent data breach at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates once again screams the message: Encryption, encryption, encryption!The provider has agreed to pay a $1.5 million fine to theDepartment of Health and Human Services (HHS), after allegations were made that Mass. Eye and Ear failed to comply with certain requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards that govern the security of individually identifiable health information.

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Apr 062012
 

Nicole Lewis reports:

In the aftermath of criticism from the New York Civil Liberties Union, New York State health officials have taken further steps to tackle patient privacy. Specifically, the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health, has established the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) Policy Committee.

The new committee’s mandate will be to create and update policies that protect personal health information while expanding the state’s ability to share electronic health records between healthcare providers, and with consumers and other health-related community organizations, according to a statement announcing the formation of the SHIN-NY Policy Committee.

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Sep 072011
 

Nicole Lewis reports:

Verizon has added healthcare identity standards for accessing electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges, as well as credentials for electronic prescribing and mobile connectivity, to its Verizon Universal Identity Services (UIS)-Healthcare cloud-based service.

UIS-Healthcare provides an identity ecosystem for healthcare professionals seeking to securely access and exchange data over robust networks. Verizon said its new security features are part of the company’s strategy to help healthcare delivery organizations mitigate identity theft by enabling secure access to digitized health information. Officials also said customers will pay anywhere from $15 to $25 per user per year for the service, depending on what features they want.

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