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Big Data and Dark Data for Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

There's a growing trend in health care for providers and payors to look beyond traditional medical claims at the data that captures what we're doing i...

Who Owns Your Genetic Data? Hint: It's Probably Not You

Techonomy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Science
Techonomy

As we move closer to an era when a sequence of every human genome is the norm, an important question looms. It seems intuitive to many of us that each person owns his or her genetic data and therefore should control access. But the reality is more complex.

Will Trade Data for Food

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Trading data in the dark for third parties' profit -- without cutting us into the value created in the Big Data mash-up. That's a very expensive lunch indeed.

If You Don't Have A Will, Health Care Proxy And Power Of Attorney, You'd Better Read This!

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Bradford M. Pine

I recently went through the heavy and mournful experience of making end-of-life decisions for a close family friend. It really drove home the importance of planning ahead and crafting a Will and Health Care Proxy to help your loved ones through tragedy, and even death.

Today's Social Fabric of Health Means the End of HIPAA

Josh Stevens | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Stevens

Regardless of what cause came first -- be it the rising of a sharing culture or the innovation in the technology -- there is a monumental shift taking place in wellness and healthcare approaches. What was once meant to protect has become not only obsolete, but is now the unintentional roadblock to a healthier life for all. Set the data free.

Human Rights and the Duty to Protect Sensitive Data

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Jim Fruchterman

Don't victims of human rights abuse, refugees, LGBT individuals, and survivors of gender-based violence deserve the same kind of respect for their sensitive information as you expect when you visit a clinic?

Catholic Hospital Receptionist Makes Shocking Remark To Atheist Couple

Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion

An Oklahoma Reddit user (chuckyourface) shared a shocking story of comments allegedly made by a receptionist at Ardmore Mercy Memorial hospital, who t...

My Doctor Can Disclose My Medical Records to the NSA Without My Authorization (and So Can Yours)

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Right-wing claims that Obamacare will let the government into your health records are way out of date. Your health care provider is now part of the metastasizing national security state.

Why It's Time to DIY Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Slow Health takes just a bit more mindfulness and thought. But a little dose of that every day can help us move the needle on our own health, and because health is social, the health of our loved ones and community.

California Lawmakers Consider Stricter HIPAA Regulations for High-Risk Patient Populations

Mike Spradley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Mike Spradley

The medical community has an obligation to protect all patient information, especially those seeking medical services for an already particularly stigmatized diagnosis or condition such as HIV. No patient should fear seeking medical treatment.

What's a Data Breach?

Christopher Burgess | Posted 06.22.2013 | Technology
Christopher Burgess

If you are entrusted with data, do take the time to understand the processes and procedures which are in place to protect the data.

Must-have Insurance Plans

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

Many people adopt a "penny wise, pound foolish" mentality when it comes to buying insurance. When trying to lower expenses, some will drop or reduce needed coverage. Here are insurance policies no household should be without.

Enough Is Enough

Jonathan Schwartz | Posted 02.09.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Schwartz

If a man were standing outside your home, photographing your family and following your kids, would you call the police? Surely. What if that man were a datacenter gathering the same data, and selling it to whom they pleased? Who do you call?

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s Medical Records: A Slippery Slope

Lonna Saunders | Posted 09.17.2012 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

No one should be forced to reveal medical information about themselves to get a job or keep a job unless it directly affects job safety.

Death by HIPAA

Jane Yakowitz Bambauer | Posted 08.25.2012 | Politics
Jane Yakowitz Bambauer

Vioxx, the drug once prescribed for arthritis, was sold for over five years before its manufacturer, Merck, withdrew it from the market in 2004. Thoug...

Health Industry Scrambling to Comply With Revised HIPAA Privacy and Disclosure Rules

Steven Kurlander | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

When these changes are implemented by HHS, Americans will be able to the right to get a report from their medical providers or insurance companies detailing who has electronically accessed their protected health information.

Mobile App for Lifesaving Technology? Or Regulated Industry?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 07.18.2012 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Is an app a device? Is it a life-saving tool or is it the new shiny toy on your smartphone about which you know nothing about the reliability or specificity of how it works?

Little Privacy in Health Care -- Shame on Us

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

While it may sound like HIPAA is a small animal at the zoo, it actually stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Privacy is not just about information -- it is also about the physical environment. There are many components to privacy.

Insurance Reality Check

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jason Alderman

When it comes to insurance, many people face the Goldilocks dilemma: Am I buying too much coverage, not enough, or just the right amount? Unfortunatel...

Electronic Health Records Dramatically Increase Corporate Risk

Ben Kerschberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ben Kerschberg

Effectively controlling the impact of demands over electronic health records is no longer a luxury. Rather, it is a business imperative that is no less than critical.

Don't "Protect" Us From Our Own Genetic Information

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Smolenyak

Unfortunately, there is a tendency towards a paternalistic attitude by certain groups in the medical professions who seek to limit access to medical information that is not directly under their control.

The Next Big Healthcare Debate: Data Privacy and Security

Rita K. Bowen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rita K. Bowen

With each solution along the road to healthcare reform, we uncover a new challenge. The hype gets old and we become numb. It's high time to fix a largely inefficient system for the benefit of American patients

Doctor-Writers: What Are the Ethics?

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

There is a veritable epidemic of doctor-writers out there. What is going on? Are doctors suddenly in the kiss-and-tell mode? What about confidentiality? Professionalism? HIPAA?

Anthem Individual Health Insurance Prices -- Worse Than Reported

Hava Volterra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hava Volterra

Anthem Blue Cross is raising rates this year on its California individual insurance plans by up to 39%. It's all over the news and Congress is investigating.

Personal Responsibility: In Education? Yes! In Health Care? No!

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

When President Obama gave his speech on health care, he spoke as though the phrase personal responsibility did not exist.