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Category: Data & Privacy

Cloud Computing

Increasing Adoption of Cloud Computing Drives New Information Privacy and Security Challenges

October 22, 2014

Research organizations are increasingly turning to cloud-based computing to store and process vast amounts of medical data, posing new challenges for information privacy and security.

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Medical Student

Adoption of EHRs is driving changes in medical school training

October 17, 2014

The increasing adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems by healthcare organizations is leading many medical schools to update their programs to include EHR training.

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Patient and Doctor Consultation

ONC publication guides EHR use in patient identification

October 5, 2014

The SAFER Guides provided by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are meant to act as self-assessments to health care professionals who adopt electronic health records.

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Federal Courthouse

Benefits of big data depend on improved interoperability

September 25, 2014

Members of both the health care community and the federal government assert that electronic health records (EHR) benefit medicine, both improving immediate patient care and also advancing medical research, but a lack of EHR interoperability standards may limit progress.

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Female Receptionist

PHI protection strategies in need of updates

August 21, 2014

Current manual de-identification methods may be insufficient in protecting patients’ identities when their specimens are used in research, but de-identification via iSpecimen’s technology-based solution protects against potential PHI breaches.

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Doctor with Chart at His Desk

Stakeholders relieved by easing of EHR certification requirements

August 7, 2014

The CMS and ONC released a joint statement describing the process in which providers can apply for hardship exemptions to the EHR certification requirements.

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Laboratory Researcher at Work

Shrinking cost of gene sequencing propels development of personalized medicine

July 31, 2014

A growing number of health care providers and scientists are realizing that personalized medicine is a more effective approach to patient care, compared to traditional strategies – and oncology is leading the way.

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