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The real holy grail of medicine

Michael Evans writes in the Globe and Mail: I don’t often quote George Bush, but he was right when he pointed out in a 2006 presidential discussion on health care that “doctors practice 21st-century medicine, but they still have 19th-century filing systems.” Patients often wonder, “How come the Instabank in Istanbul tells me exactly...

Open records on mentally ill: Cops

Jeremy Walsh writes in the Times Ledger: Officers responding to deal with David Tarloff, a mentally ill Corona resident accused of murdering a Manhattan therapist, may not have had access to Tarloff’s history with police or medical history in the months leading up to the slaying, police suggested during a City Council hearing. The...

NZ: Hospital IDs focus of privacy debate

Stephen Bell Wellington writes in Computerworld: With the renewed focus on privacy in both New Zealand and Australia, Melbourne-based health software company TrakHealth has had to defend the approach it took to a public health patient-tracking system it recently developed for Brazil. The system will provide every Brazilian with an identifying number and plastic...