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Google Health adless; privacy backers wary

Google Inc. won’t sell ads to support a new Internet service that stores personal medical information, CEO Eric Schmidt said Thursday in the search giant’s first detailed comments about a venture that has raised privacy concerns. …The bigger problem with these online health systems, privacy advocates say, is that they aren’t covered by the...

Google Releases Health Service Details

Google Inc. will not use advertising to support its new Internet health service, CEO Eric Schmidt said Thursday in the search company’s first detailed public comments about a venture raising concerns among privacy advocates. Schmidt said the service was merely a platform for users to store their medical information. It will be an open...

Hazardous to Your Privacy?

The Cleveland Clinic, the renowned nonprofit medical center, has kept electronic records of its patients for some time. But despite the easy transport of everything digital, by and large those records have been as immobile as scrawled doctor’s notes stored in manila folders. And, in their traditional form, the clinic can’t view records of...

Federal agencies begin to build a mini-NHIN

Twenty federal agencies are moving to develop a health information exchange network with a shared connection to the Nationwide Health Information Network. Dr. Robert Kolodner, national coordinator for health information technology, announced the effort, known as the NHIN-Connect Gateway or NHIN-C, at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society conference in Orlando, Fla. Read More...

Healthcare organizations feeling cyberattacks growing

Healthcare organizations feel under increasing attack from the Internet, while security incidents involving insiders and disappearing laptops with sensitive data are piling up. On top of that, there’s now the prospect of a surprise audit from the federal government agency in charge of overseeing the HIPAA security and privacy rules. Healthcare organizations are stepping...