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Blog: Privacy, security issues delay API recommendations

By Joseph Conn  |  May 18, 2016

By law, patients have a right to obtain electronic copies of their medical records, but should they also have a right to access those records by using software applications of their choosing?

Middle-aged whites account for one-third of U.S. suicides

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

Middle-aged white people now account for one-third of all suicides in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24% in 15 years.

Make criminal prosecution a priority in HIPAA cases, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 26, 2016

Regarding the recent article “New HIPAA audits will target healthcare industry's business partners” (ModernHealthcare.com, March 21), when is there going to be “hot pursuit” of the criminals who acquire and misuse the data? Find them, convict them, jail them and make it...

Wider HIPAA audits may drive stronger vendor contracts

Wider HIPAA audits may drive stronger vendor contracts

By Joseph Conn  |  March 23, 2016

The feds appear to be preparing to clamp down on the sometimes porous flow of patient data handled by vendors of healthcare organizations, which has exploded with the growth of EHRs, analytics and mobile devices in healthcare.

TigerText to docs: Toss your pagers

TigerText to docs: Toss your pagers

By Beth Kutscher  |  March 19, 2016

There is perhaps no piece of technology more associated with doctors than the humble pager, the shrill and demanding black box that still serves as an essential communication tool. But a number of companies are vying to do away with the gadget and bring medicine into the digital age.

Blog: Privacy experts say Coburn op-ed misses the mark

By Joseph Conn  |  January 15, 2016

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn attacked the federal health information privacy laws haphazardly, according to a privacy legal expert, and egregiously, according to a leading privacy advocate. Experts say that in mentioning specifically the federal privacy law, he mixed research governed under the...

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