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4 Reasons Why Health Plans Struggle with PHRs

Vince Kuraitis writes on e-CareManagement blog Aetna recently made another big announcement relating to their PHR. While the concept of what they’re doing is very appealing, it strikes me that health plans in general face an uphill battle in getting consumers to adopt and use personal health records (PHRs). I’ll describe 4 factors behind...

Laptop with patient information stolen from University Health Care

Sarah Dallof of KSL reports: Thousands of people are being cautioned to keep their eyes on their credit reports tonight. A laptop with names, Social Security numbers and personal health information was stolen from University Health Care in Salt Lake City. The laptop was reported missing Feb. 25. University Health Care began mailing out...

NH: House kills medical privacy bill

Reported in the New Hampshire Business Review: The New Hampshire House narrowly defeated a bill that would have required additional privacy restrictions on electronic medical records, which hospitals have said were too costly. The bill would have extended the federal privacy rights known as HIPAA to business associates, such as software vendors, and restrict...

CDC awards three contracts for NHIN development

Nancy Ferris writes in Government Health IT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded three contacts for health information exchanges to develop data-sharing operations, with an emphasis on delivering data to public health authorities. The contract awards, totaling $38 million, were made in conjunction with the program led by the Office of...