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  • Lack of encryption standards raises health data privacy questions

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    Source: PBS Newshour WASHINGTON — Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age – an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem. Encryption uses mathematical formulas to scramble data, converting sensitive details coveted by intruders into gibberish. Anthem,...

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  • HHS supports efforts to speed Ebola vaccine delivery

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    Source: HHS.gov Contracts to speed further development of two promising Ebola vaccines, known as rVSV-ZEBOV-GP and ChAd3 EBO-Z, could pave the way for commercial scale production of millions of vaccine doses if clinical trials prove safety and efficacy, officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced...

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  • Survey: Charging patients for EHR access may violate HIPAA

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    Source: iHealthbeat Many providers are charging patients for access to their electronic health records, with the price varying by provider, according to a survey published by the American Health Information Management Association, Modern Healthcare reports. The survey, which was conducted by Texas State University professor Kim Murphy-Abdouch, included responses from 313 executives across several different health care settings, including:...

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  • Why physicians are increasingly drawn to clinical apps

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    Source: Healthcare Dive Like many of his physician peers, Fort Myers, FL-based pediatrician Ilan Shapiro would spend several hours a week outside of the exam room scoring lengthy paper-based surveys which screen school-age patients for ADHD and ADD. So when he heard about a mobile app that would allow him to go from countless hours per week to just...

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  • Masonicare chooses Atom Live for their dictation platform

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    Masonicare, of Wallingford, Connecticut, is the state’s leading provider of healthcare and retirement living communities for seniors. They are not-for-profit and have more than 100 years of experience behind them. They’re recognized for the quality, compassionate care and steadfast support they provide to their residents and patients. CHALLENGE When Masonicare decided to move their transcription work in house, they...

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