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By Molly Merrill February 1, 2011
Serious risks to patient data exist in the development and testing of healthcare software, according to survey findings published Tuesday in a new report by the Ponemon Institute. The report calls for data masking – transforming the data so it is not available outside of its authorized environment – in order to mitigate this risk. The survey, which was sponsored by Informatica Corporation, a...
By Molly Merrill February 1, 2011
There are five common gaps in healthcare data security and privacy, and for many healthcare providers they could be the cause of a major security breach, according to one expert. Raj Chaudhary, partner and national leader of the Security and Privacy Practice in the Risk Consulting Business Unit at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., says that...
By Molly Merrill February 1, 2011
Health information is one of the hottest topics online today, with 80 percent of Americans using the Internet to research areas including diseases, procedures, doctors, hospitals, drugs, test results and insurance, according to a new survey by the Pew Internet Project and California HealthCare Foundation. The Health Topic survey, authored by Susannah Fox, was conducted Aug. 9-Sept. 13, 2010. It...
By Molly Merrill February 1, 2011
UPMC's new Technology Development Center in Pittsburgh has awarded grants worth $550,000 to five health IT research projects at academic partner Carnegie Mellon University. The projects range from developing software for end-stage heart failure patients to improving simulation systems for cerebral aneurysms. The grant is part of UPMC Healthcare Technology Innovation Grant program (HTI Grants) to...
By Bernie Monegain February 1, 2011
Kaiser Permanente, a not-for-profit health plan and care provider, has opened a new medical center at the front door of Capitol Hill, complete with Kaiser’s recognized electronic health record – HealthConnect. “We’re confident that all of our members who use the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center, both those who live in D.C. and those who come in to the city to work, will enjoy the...
By Brian Dolan January 31, 2011
Earlier this month PricewaterhouseCoopers published its Innovation Scorecard for the medical device industries in nine countries. The bottomline conclusion was that the US will continue to dominate but emerging markets like China, India and Brazil. In other words: Nothing new here, folks. The scorecard evaluated each country based on five criteria, which PwC says has helped the US stay on top for...
By Bernie Monegain January 27, 2011
Three of the nation's top hospital companies and two major hospital systems – together representing more than 400 hospitals across the country – have invested in the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund L.P., a venture fund focused on investments in businesses that improve the delivery of healthcare services. The partners will make individual investments of up to $10 million in new businesses. "...
By Neil Versel January 27, 2011
. [Ed. Note: If you were redirected here from a more recent article about General Devices, that post has been removed because of a mischaracterization. General Devices has not been "touting" its involvement in the Tucson telemedicine network. I regret the confusion caused by this story. -- Brian Dolan, Editor-in-Chief, Babyforyou.net.ua] Dave Ridings in an ER-Link ambulance circa February 2009....
By Brian Dolan January 26, 2011
An iPhone application created by interns at Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Applied Informatics has turned into something much bigger, according to a report over at TechCrunch this week. In San Ramon, California a press conference featuring Fire Chief Richard Price, International Association of Fire Chiefs President Jack Parow, Workday CEO Dave Duffield, and Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly...
By Brian Dolan January 26, 2011
Late last year Babyforyou.net.ua interviewed mHealth analyst Jody Ranck who pointed out that there are very few mobile health apps and services available for Spanish speakers in the US -- the exceptions being Text4Baby and TuDiabetes. This week, Miguel Tirado, PhD, Professor of Health and Human services at California State University penned a must-read analysis of mobile health services for Latinos...

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