Health center finds virus on computer with patient info

Information Management, 21 March 2017
Author: Joseph Goedert
“The health center at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., is notifying patients that their protected health information may have been compromised after finding one of its computers was infected with a virus for 11 months. Patient data at risk included names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security numbers and diagnoses.”
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Employee looked at patient info for 5 years at Nebraska hospital

Information Management, 8 March 2017
Author: Joseph Goedert
“Chadron Community Hospital, recently learned that an employee was accessing patient records outside of job duties for more than five years. An investigation found that compromised patient information included names, addresses, dates of birth, clinical information from the electronic health record system (diagnoses, orders, provider notes and test results) and insurance information. The hospital is notifying 702 patients and advising them to monitor financial accounts.”
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Google’s DeepMind plans bitcoin-style health record tracking for hospitals

The Guardian, 9 March 2017
Author: Alex Hern
“Google’s AI-powered health tech subsidiary, DeepMind Health, is planning to use a new technology loosely based on bitcoin to let hospitals, the NHS and eventually even patients track what happens to personal data in real-time. DeepMind has faced criticism from patient groups for what they claim are overly broad data sharing agreements. Critics fear that the data sharing has the potential to give DeepMind, and thus Google, too much power over the NHS.”
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The ethics of tracking athletes’ biometric data

MedicalXpress, 18 January 2017
Author: Heather Zeiger
“Biometric technologies have become household devices. Professional sports leagues use some of the most technologically advanced biodata tracking systems to monitor athlete performance as well as prevent potential injuries. Many of these tracking devices involve around the clock surveillance of athletes’ bio signs raising several bioethical questions that apply to everyday users as well. Questions of privacy, autonomy, confidentiality, and conflicts of interest are just a few of the bioethical issues raised by new biodata tracking technologies.”
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New data privacy law can enhance patient safety, data privacy and boost digital health in Qatar

Out-Law, 16 November 2016
Authors: Diane Mullenex and Tony Fielding
“Data protection laws recently finalised in Qatar could serve to further strengthen patient safety and improve public and private healthcare service delivery. The legal changes will enable the growth of digital health products and services in the country.”
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Medical Devices Pose Weak Link In Preventing Cyber Attacks

Information Management, 15 November 2016
Author: Fred Bazzoli
“For many users of Johnson & Johnson’s OneTouch Ping insulin pump, the benefit of ease of use has been outweighed by the fear of hacking. In early October, the company sent letters to patients using the devices, alerting them to the fact that the OneTouch contained a cybersecurity flaw that could allow a hacker to reprogram the device to administer additional doses of the diabetes drug, which could be life-threatening.”
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Medicare claims data sent to the wrong health records

IT News, 14 November 2016
Author: Paris Cowan
“The Department of Human Services has admitted it uploaded sensitive Medicare claims records to the wrong recipient’s electronic health records 86 times in the 12 months to 30 June 2016. The health department is in the midst of two trials of the opt-out process that will see more than one million residents in northern Queensland and the Blue Mountains region of NSW automatically signed up for a record unless they proactively refuse.”
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Brazil’s Health Minister Seeks to Stem Inefficiencies to Cut Costs

WST, 8 November 2016
Author: Paulo Trevisani
“Brazil’s government is renegotiating contracts and searching for inefficiencies in the country’s mammoth public-health system ahead of a likely tightening in public spending starting next year, Health Minister Ricardo Barros said. The government has already managed to reduce the price it pays for drugs provided to millions of patients by renegotiating contracts with labs. The savings will grow as the ministry speeds up a plan to automate paperwork in the public-health network so that information about each user will be more readily available.”
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How can doctors use technology to help them diagnose?

The Conversation, 24 October 2016
Author: David Tuffley
“In Japan’s first reported case of artificial intelligence (AI) saving someone’s life. A woman with a rare type of leukaemia was correctly diagnosed by the AI. Even more remarkable, it took just ten minutes to compare the woman’s genetic information with 20 million clinical oncology studies to arrive at the life-saving diagnosis. Does this mean robots are going to replace our doctors? Not quite, but increasing volumes of medical data, more powerful computers and smarter algorithms could see a future medical science in which human doctors are helped by AI.”
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Medical Technology Start-Ups In Free Fall As Industry ‘Grays’

Forbes, 18 October 2016
Author: Bruce Japsen
“The number of start-up companies in the U.S. medical technology industry has dropped nearly 70 percent over the last three decades amid regulatory challenges and competition for young talent. The number of new medical technology and device-making startups plummeted to about 600 in 2012 from nearly 1,500 annually three decades ago. The industry blames regulations such as a slow review process for devices and hurdles raised by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which has stricter rules on devices it will allow Medicare to pay for.”
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