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Hazards tied to electronic records rush
By Boston Globe | July 21, 2014
Theresa Robertson's bedside oxygen alarm sounded at 2:52 a.m., sending an urgent beep through the South Shore Hospital emergency room. The cause of Robertson's crisis, it would later be learned, was a precipitous drop in her blood glucose—severe hypoglycemia. The deadly turn was the result of...
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Illinois legalizes medical marijuana for children with seizures
By Reuters | July 21, 2014
Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states.
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Big data peeps at your medical records to find drug problems
By NPR | July 21, 2014
No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems—just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen...
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San Diego hospital updates procedures to prevent data breaches
By Times of San Diego | July 18, 2014
Administrators at Rady Children's Hospital took steps to prevent another patient data breach, the acting president of the San Diego hospital told a City Council committee this week. In June, an unidentified hospital employee mistakenly attached a document containing information on thousands of...
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Fla. prescription drug database may get tougher restrictions
By Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press | July 18, 2014
After Florida lawmakers failed to address the issue this spring, health officials are advancing an effort to tighten security on the state's prescription-drug database. The Department of Health is floating a new rule that would lay out conditions for use by law enforcement and investigative...
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N.Y. Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives
By Associated Press | July 18, 2014
Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide contraceptive devices to low-income women who don't want to get pregnant soon after giving birth.
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Wis. judge says docs need not be present when abortion pills taken
By Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel | July 18, 2014
A Dane County, Wis., judge ruled that a 2012 state law requires doctors to be present when they dispense abortion pills to women, but not when the women take the pills. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin brought suit because the abortion provider feared the law could be interpreted to mean doctors...
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Medication errors may be common after hospital discharge
By Reuters | July 18, 2014
More than half of heart patients in a U.S. study made mistakes taking their medications or misunderstood instructions given to them after being discharged from the hospital. Those with the lowest “health literacy” were among the most likely to make the risky errors, highlighting the...
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Va. energy company warns 1,700 in employee wellness plan of data breach
By Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch | July 17, 2014
Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources says personal information of 1,700 people in the company's employee wellness plan was hacked in March. The hacker gained access through a subcontractor's system to get individuals' names, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, gender and dates of birth,...
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Avoid the rush! Some ERs are taking appointments
By Anna Gorman / Kaiser Health News | July 16, 2014
In an era of increased competition driven by the nation's health law, hospitals in California and around the country are hoping online ER appointments will help attract patients anxious to avoid long waits in a crowded and often chaotic environment.
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