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UPMC data breach may affect as many as 27,000 employees
By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | April 18, 2014
Pittsburgh-based UPMC now says the personal information of as many as 27,000 of its employees may have been put at risk by a data breach that was first reported to the healthcare system in February.
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Cost of treatment may influence doctors
By New York Times | April 18, 2014
Saying they can no longer ignore the rising prices of healthcare, some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care.
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Telehealth gains momentum in Obamacare era
By Information Week | April 18, 2014
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's focus on population health and cost-cutting is encouraging providers and insurers to invest in remote healthcare technologies.
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Cancer doctors plan to compare value of expensive drugs
By Bloomberg | April 17, 2014
The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.
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Congress unhappy with Defense Dept., VA health records progress
By Military Times (Springfield, Va.) | April 17, 2014
House lawmakers plan to hold back millions in dollars of technology funding from Defense and Veterans Affairs department planners until Congress is convinced they are making progress on developing a way to share electronic health records.
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Scientists embark on effort to connect millions of patient health records
By Washington Post | April 17, 2014
Inside an otherwise ordinary office building in lower Manhattan, government-funded scientists have begun collecting and connecting together terabytes of patient health records in what may be one of the most radical projects in healthcare ever attempted.
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Free drug samples for docs might prove costly for patients
By HealthDay | April 17, 2014
Dermatologists who receive free drug samples are more likely to give their patients prescriptions for expensive medicines, a new study says.
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Massachusetts cannot ban FDA-approved painkiller, judge rules
By Washington Post | April 16, 2014
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an effort by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to ban sales of a controversial new painkiller in the state, saying the governor's move was pre-empted by federal law and could harm people who need the drug for pain relief.
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Doctors, medical staff on drugs put patients at risk
By USA Today | April 16, 2014
Anita Bertrand doesn't remember much about the first time she stole narcotics she was supposed to administer to surgical patients. She doesn't remember exactly when she installed the intravenous port in her ankle so she could inject the drugs more efficiently. And she doesn't remember how many...
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Friends, family mourn former Okla. physician killed in Kansas City shooting
By The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) | April 16, 2014
Family and friends are mourning the death of William Lewis Corporon, 69, a doctor with deep Oklahoma roots who was shot and killed Sunday near Kansas City, Kan.
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