HealthLeaders Media IT - July 15, 2008 | Online Doctor Stalking: America's New Pastime?
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Online Doctor Stalking:
America's New Pastime?

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

We hear a lot about patient privacy and rights. But what about the healthcare provider's right to privacy? Many providers, especially those of a certain age, may not have any idea just how much of their personal information is easily accessible online to anybody-including their patients. [Read More]
July 15, 2008  
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Can behavior modification technology make patients take their meds?
A Boston company has introduced new technology that uses principles developed by famed behaviorist B.F. Skinner to reward patients for sticking to prescribed drug regimes and wellness programs. HealthHonors developers say the behavior-reward technique will reduce medication non-adherence by giving patients the chance to accrue points (which can be used for things like co-payment discount coupons and fitness equipment) by demonstrating that they are following doctor's orders. [Read More]

EHR bill being held up over semantics
The ongoing debate over how to keep electronic health records out of the hands of hackers continues in Congress as lawmakers go "round and round" about the definition of privacy. Even as they attempt to define the word, House Energy and Commerce Committee members say privacy protections in the bill—which they hope to vote on before the August recess—should be enforced through fines and data breach notification requirements for those who use unencrypted electronic health records. [Read More]

FDA approves personal health gadget
The FDA has given its stamp of approval to a new device from Intel that lets doctors to keep watch over their patients' health electronically. The small touch-screen PC can also be used by patients to stay updated about health status and physical condition. Patients and doctors can communicate through e-mail and videoconferencing. [Read More]

Study shows increased medication errors through misuse of technology
Misuse of hospital technology leads to increased medication errors, says a new study that appears in the July/August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The survey found nearly a half-million instances of medical staff overriding technological safety barriers to compensate for difficulties with the barcode systems. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
FDA: CT scan may pose risk for some patients
Chicago Tribune - July 15, 2008

Doctors hopeful easier blood thinners are nearing
AP/Yahoo News - July 15, 2008

Michigan-based Beaumont Hospitals gets OK for proton cancer therapy site
Detroit Free Press - July 10, 2008

CDC's e-cards spread health information
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - July 10, 2008
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