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Hackers Could Threaten Home Health Monitoring Devices

Patients have long used simple health monitoring devices, like a bathroom scale, to track their vital signs at home. Now, thanks to the ubiquity and ease of mobile computing, along…
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New Security Requirements for Personal Health Information Take Effect Today

“Our rules do not [prescribe] specific security approach or a specific kind of security, but they do require an actual process to evaluate whether in fact the things you are…
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7 More Tips: Make The Most Secure Medical App

As we noted yesterday, the app store can be tough to navigate when you’re in the market for health or fitness support. Those apps often require personal medical information, and…
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7 Tips: Pick the Most Secure Mobile Medical App

“It’s an unregulated industry, so there are no standards,” said Beth Givens, director of Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a San Diego nonprofit geared toward informing and helping consumers. For app developers,…
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No Privacy: Online Searches Are Not Protected by HIPAA

Websites that offer free health information may share the searches on their sites with other companies.  It happens more often than many people realize, according to a recent study in…
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Big Data And Beating Medicaid Fraud

Helen Sieger used to own a nursing and rehabilitation home in the Bronx, not far from the Hudson River. She ran the home from the mid-90s until 2009 when she…
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Patient Social Networks Spawn Cutting-Edge Research

Patient social networks have evolved from simple message boards, where users share moral support and practical advice on their diseases, into sophisticated data-entry points producing new findings that are reshaping…
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More Info Is Best For Patients

Despite doctors’ fears, recent studies on physician-patient information sharing indicate there is no such thing as “too much information” for patients. “There is a long tradition of secrecy in healthcare,”…
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Healthcare Technology Shift Creates Vulnerability Gaps

For every breathless account of how technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry, there is a cautionary tale. A health IT system – with the promise of streamlined processes, effortless patient…