According to a RAND study, providers mismatch patients and medical records 8% of the time on average. Although the consequences of a mismatch can be severe patient harm, the best solution--a unique patient identifier that would be attached to all medical records--faces challenges in the disjointed U.S. healthcare system and resistance from lawmakers and patient privacy advocates who worry about the political and privacy implications.
Partners offers $1 million in innovation grants to employees | Boston Globe
Partners HealthCare, as it steps up efforts to commercialize research done at its labs and hospitals, is offering up to $1 million in grants for employees who come up with promising ideas for new drugs, devices and other inventions that have the potential to improve patient care.
A Honolulu based vaccine developer which has also developing vaccines for dengue, chikungunya and West Nile, says it has been working on a vaccine for Zika since the epidemic took hold in Brazil last year. The Zika vaccine development is in the pre-clinical stage.
Florida health system employees may have had data stolen in possible Cerner breach | Naples (Fla.) Daily News
NCH Healthcare System, Naples, Fla. told employees and doctors last week that they may be victims of a data breach after two servers containing employee and medical staff credentialing information were suspected of being breached at the Cerner Data Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Apple says that it is fixing a glitch in its search algorithm that directs people using its Maps app to search for abortion providers to fertility clinics and adoption centers. In 2011, a related problem with the iPhone voice recognition program Siri returned no results if a user asked Siri for abortion providers.