HealthLeaders Media IT - August 19, 2008 | What Are You Doing To Keep Patient Data Safe?
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What Are You Doing
To Keep Patient Data Safe?

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

When a hospital's patient data is compromised, the results are often costly and always embarrassing for those charged with protecting that information from prying eyes. Take the case of Seattle-based Providence Health and Services, which in July was slapped with one of the largest HIPAA-related fines ever levied by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. [Read More]
August 19, 2008  
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Medical privacy law not all that effective
It seems that snooping into medical records is not limited to healthcare workers in Los Angeles (see my column). A review of state and federal records shows that dozens of Iowa healthcare workers have been disciplined by their employers for looking at the medical records of HIV-positive men, pregnant teenagers, victims of domestic violence, and emergency-room patients, reports the Des Moines Register. Since HIPAA was enacted in 2003, nearly 40,000 Americans have reported violations. [Read More]

New home health tools help doctors track patient care
Here's a story out of the Wall Street Journal about a number of "self-care" tools that companies including Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are developing to help people monitor their own health and receive feedback from their medical providers. What is interesting about this story is the way providers are combining in-home patient devices with an online interface to monitor and remotely manage care. Instead of simply sending the patient home with a set of directions, these little gadgets help doctors ensure their patients are taking the correct medications at the correct times. [Read More]

Digital hide and seek
A few weeks ago I wrote a column about how patients are increasingly using search engines and social networking Web sites to garner information about their doctors. For those who are stalking-inclined, here's another new tool that has the potential to tell you exactly where the object of your interest is in the real world, in real-time. Doctors, take note! [Read More]

HHS proposes adoption of new code sets for electronic health transactions
The government has proposed updating the 30-year-old codes for recording medical diagnoses and billing for treatment with the updated International Classification of Diseases code set by October 2011. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt called conversion to ICD-10 "essential to development of a nationwide electronic health information environment." [Read More]
Tech Headlines
A social network for your doctor, pharmacist, and insurer
Washington Post - August 18, 2008

Cleveland Clinic forgoes Boston Scientific stent
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - August 13, 2008

Life sciences firms anxious about Massachusetts rules on gifts to doctors
Boston Globe - August 13, 2008

Drugs often rival angioplasty, study finds
AP/San Francisco Chronicle - August 15, 2008
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