HealthLeaders Media IT - September 2, 2008 | What the Presidential Race Means for Technology
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What the Presidential Race
Means for Technology

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

Now that the presidential nominees have chosen their running mates, the buzz surrounding the upcoming election has intensified. As the three senators and the governor from Alaska enter the final leg of the race, I thought I'd take a look at how the contenders could impact the role technology plays in healthcare. [Read More]
September 2, 2008  
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California gets serious about protecting patient information
California is about to do more than just slap snoopers on the wrist for prying into private data. The California Senate has passed a bill to require hospitals to have a plan for safeguarding patient information. The bill also sets up a new Office of Health Information Integrity to review plans and violations and assess fines up to $250,000 for privacy breaches. [Read More]

Whoops! Apple reveals security flaw in new iPhone
Data privacy is in the news again. This time a security flaw in Apple Inc.'s iPhone allows unauthorized users to gain easy access to private contacts and e-mails even when the device is locked. Apple says a fix is on the way. [Read More]

Who's interested in Health IT?
This editorial piece from Government Health IT talks about how understanding who all the interested parties are is paramount determining the future direction and pace of health IT adoption. [Read More]

NQF endorses national consensus standards for health IT
The NQF is doing what the presidential candidates haven't (see column) by endorsing a set of measures that increase adoption of interoperable EHRs. The nine new national voluntary consensus standards for health information technology also address the areas of electronic prescribing, care management, quality registries, and the medical home. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Long-distance healthcare cuts costs, can improve outcomes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - August 27, 2008

Doctor-celebrity confidentiality: Does it even exist?
USA Today - August 29, 2008
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