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Helping Patients Protect Their Own Personal Health Information

October 1, 2014 by Anne Weiler

I was leaving a meeting at a large hospital when I saw a patient record sitting on top of the payment machine in the parking garage. I took the paper records back into the hospital. But it got me thinking about information protection and privacy, and in particular about the many people who still think that a paper print out is more secure than the cloud.[read more]

The Doctor Will Skype You Now: Changing How We Go to the Doctor

October 1, 2014 by Abby Norman

In an era of notorious breaches, hacks and fraud, protecting patient information within telemedicine needs to begin at the outset, while the programs are still in development. Major consideration needs to be given to these features, in addition to usability and data management.[read more]

Online Messaging Can Improve Support Group Relationships

October 1, 2014 by Danny Lieberman

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Using online services and smartphone apps for private messaging and sharing like Pathcare, Whisper, and CoverMe (an iPhone app for private Texting & Secure Phone Calls), it’s never been easier to conduct a private, ad-free conversation with members of your support group.[read more]

#ThinkFurther: The Future of Medicine [VIDEO]

September 30, 2014 by David Harlow

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In health care, there have been tremendous advances in the past fifty years, and we quite reasonably expect the pace of change to pick up and bring us into a profoundly improved future. How will we be able to get to the next level in terms of control, or even prevention, of debilitating chronic diseases including Alzheimer’s?[read more]

Adrenal Pathology Reporting: How to Prevent Errors with Pathology Reporting Software

September 29, 2014 by Tim Edlund

pathology reporting software

Synoptic reporting has become known for its ease of use, as well as for its ability to assist Pathologists and other practitioners in eliminating errors. The question is, how is it possible to avoid errors when the templates are being provided by CAP?[read more]

Next-Gen Sequencing Could Unlock Ebola's Secrets

September 29, 2014 by Shane Climie, Ph.D.

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has dominated recent newscasts and shocked many people with the speed and ferocity of its spread. Fortunately, researchers are now also applying the latest technologies to search for new ways to halt Ebola.[read more]

The Future of Medicine: Incredible Innovations to Expect by 2064

September 29, 2014 by Shahid Shah

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The Fred Alger Management team reached out to me recently asking what innovative changes I thought the medical and healthcare industry will be going through over the next 50 years. As Yogi Berra famously quipped “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” but I thought I’d give it a shot.[read more]

Challenges Evaluating mHealth’s Success

September 28, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

mHealth

I saw another exciting news story on a mobile health intervention the other day. What stuck with me was the declaration of success based on 10 patients using the product for three months. This inspired me to collect some thoughts on some of the challenges around evaluating success in mHealth.[read more]

10 Digital Health Mavens to Watch - And Why We Need You to Pick Yourself

September 25, 2014 by Fard Johnmar

Digital health mavens

It's no longer enough for some to lead and the rest to sit on the sidelines. We need everyone in health to accept their responsibility to understand, mold and accelerate the digital revolution. To help, I've put together a brief presentation highlighting 10 extraordinary digital health mavens who are changing the world of health, medicine and wellness.[read more]

The Information Junkies in Your Support Group

September 25, 2014 by Danny Lieberman

Information junkies

You have a support group member who always shows up a few minutes early armed with notes and lists of questions. You have members who are always online and seeking information – and never satisfied with what they find. Information addiction is a common problem with support group communications.[read more]

Apple Health App: A First Taste

September 24, 2014 by David E Williams

I was brave (or stupid enough) to download iOS8 on my iPhone recently. It was neat to see a Health icon pop up on the home screen, and I had a chance to give it a quick look. I think Health is going to lead the market, but not dominate. Here’s my logic.[read more]

Why Healthcare Should Sweat "The Small Stuff" When It Comes to Health Data Security

September 22, 2014 by Chris Hoffmann

Data breach incident categories

In the five years since the passing of the 2009 HITECH Act, more than 30 million people in over 900 various cases have been affected by breaches of secure healthcare data. The HITECH Act requires that HHS disclose to the SEC any incidents affecting more than 500 patients, but these numbers alone do not tell the whole story.[read more]