Information technologyThe secret documents that detail how patients' privacy is breached | ProPublica
A federal agency sends thousands of letters a year to health providers closing out complaints about HIPAA violations. Though the government could make those letters public, it doesn't. ProPublica has started to do so.
Wait times at veterans health systems improve; telemedicine in play | Rio Grande Sun
The Veterans Affairs healthcare system in New Mexico has seen improvements in wait times due to a host of telemedicine initiatives that improve access to care in rural areas.
Medical devices and equipmentA Johnson & Johnson unit to pay $18 million for causing false claims | Stat
A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has agreed to pay $18 million to resolve charges of causing healthcare providers to submit false claims to Medicare and other federal healthcare programs, which then paid for a device that was illegally marketed.
Faced with superbug outbreaks in three countries by early 2013, Japanese device giant Olympus Corp. told U.S. executives not to issue a broad warning to American hospitals about potentially deadly infections from tainted medical scopes, internal emails show.
FDA panel backs diabetes diagnostic test | Medscape
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has endorsed a diagnostic diabetes test in certain settings. Most members of the FDA's Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Devices Panel said they had no concerns for the use of the Alere Afinion Hba1c test in some settings such as physician office labs.
PharmaceuticalsFDA rejects Ocular Therapeutix post-operative eye pain treatment | Reuters
Drugmaker Ocular Therapeutix said the FDA denied approval for its treatment for post-operative eye pain.
Safety, quality and clinical practiceBrain training may forestall dementia onset for years, new study says | The Los Angeles Times
A study found that older adults who did brain exercises to speed up how they processed visual information cut their likelihood of dementia by nearly 50% in a 10-year period.