The Data Show Hospitals Need To Do Better At Protecting Your Personal Data

Forbes, 5 April 2017
Author: Bruce Y. Lee
“How safe is your personal data at hospitals? Well, a study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine found 1,798 incidences of large data breaches in patient information over roughly a seven-year period. These were cybersecurity failures either from hacks or mistakes that in each case exposed the records of more than 500 individuals. Hospitals and other healthcare providers usually have your financial information, personal health history and lots of detailed information that can affect your job prospects, your credit, many things in your life, etc.”
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Indigenous elders develop app in bid to reduce youth suicide rate

The Guardian, 6 April 2017
Source: Australian Associated Press
“Self-harm is the leading killer of young Indigenous people but elders from one remote Northern Territory community bucking that trend hope to save lives by bringing their traditional wisdom into the digital age. Warlpiri elders from Lajamanu have partnered with the Black Dog Institute to develop Australia’s first Indigenous community-led suicide prevention app. Young Aboriginal people die from suicide at five times the national rate.”
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Right-to-die case: Shrewsbury’s Noel Conway loses court bid

BBC, 30 March 2017
Source: BBC News
“A man with terminal motor neurone disease has lost a High Court bid to challenge the law on assisted dying. Mr Conway was seeking a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998, which relates to respect for private and family life, and Article 14, which enables protection from discrimination. He had hoped to bring a judicial review that could result in terminally ill adults who meet strict criteria, making their own decisions about ending their lives.”
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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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