Editorial: Log into plan for online medical data

By the fall of 2009, if all goes as planned, Oregon’s 400,000 Medicaid recipients could be receiving a higher quality of health care through one high-tech change, according to the Department of Human Services. The agency is taking the lead on an effort to put the patients’ records online. The records would be accessible...

Kaiser completes outpatient EHR rollout

Bernie Monegain reports in Healthcare IT News: Kaiser Permanente has completed the rollout of its outpatient electronic health record system in nine states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser’s 13,000 physicians in 421 offices now have electronic access to their patients’ medical records. Kaiser officials bill the system, called Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect, as the...

Anti-Discrimination Bill Inadvertently Legalizes Sharing of Genetic Information Without Patient Consent

  The Institute for Health Freedom has published a new article on its site: “While authors of the recently passed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (H.R. 493) had good intentions, the bill inadvertently legalizes the sharing of genetic information without patient consent,” says Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom (IHF)....

Finjan finds patient data on hackers' server

In its latest Malicious Page of the Month Report , Finjan, Inc. reports that it discovered … a server controlled by hackers (Crimeserver) containing more than 1.4 Gigabyte of business and personal data stolen from infected PCs. The data consisted of 5,388 unique log files. Both email communications and web-related data were among them....