HealthLeaders Media IT - November 18, 2008 | Are Big Paychecks for IT a Thing of the Past?
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Are Big Paychecks for
IT a Thing of the Past?

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

If you thought all your hard work and extra hours in at the office would pay off with a bigger paycheck and a fat bonus, you may be in for a nasty surprise. The mess in the economy has reached the technology sector, forcing many organizations to take steps to remain financially viable. [Read More]
November 18, 2008  
Editor's Picks
Express Scripts clients threatened with extortion
In one of the most brazen cases of data theft I've ever seen, Express Scripts says that a "limited number of its clients" have received letters threatening to expose the personal information of its members. The company says the letters were similar to an extortion threat it received in October. Express Scripts is offering $1 million to anyone providing information that results in the arrest and conviction of the blackmailers. [Read More]

Is there a privacy risk in Google Flu Trends?
Google's new flu tracker initiative, set up in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is raising concerns among advocacy groups that Google could be breaching privacy laws by gathering individual users' search data. The Google service monitors flu outbreaks around the country by tracking users' searches relating to the illness. The data is then sent to the CDC to help ensure that vaccines get to the most-needed areas. [Read More]

Study: PHRs could save $21 billion annually in the United States
A new study estimates that the use of personal health records could save $21 billion annually and could result in an annual net value of $19 billon based on a 10-year rollout and a usage rate of 80% of the U.S. population. The report also found that providing interoperable PHRs for 80% of the U.S. population could cost an estimated $3.7 billion to acquire and $1.9 billion annually to maintain. [Read More]

The hospital is watching you
Hospitals are increasingly relying on electronic tracking systems to keep tabs on equipment and lab specimens, and even to monitor the location of patients and staff. But the heightened surveillance is raising some safety and privacy concerns, says this Wall Street Journal article. [Read More]

Happy Thanksgiving!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy Thanksgiving holiday. HealthLeaders Media IT will not publish next week, but will be back December 2.
Tech Headlines
GlowCap device tells you if it's time to take a pill
Boston Globe - November 17, 2008

Cleveland Clinic picks Top 10 medical innovations for 2009
Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 13, 2008

Another push for security standards in healthcare
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - November 12, 2008
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NeuroNexus Technologies and Philips partner to research deep brain stimulation devices

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