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245 computers stolen from 19 universities in Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports: The Metropolitan Police Department began investigating the case after computers were stolen from the science and engineering departments of prestigious universities in Tokyo, including Tokyo and Waseda universities. The MPD then learned that a total of 245 computers had been stolen from 19 universities since September 2006. In Tokyo,...

Health IT execs mull fixes on health record privacy

Maureen McKinney writes in Government Health IT: Health information technology executives this week called for the development and dissemination of a more lucid set of policies on consumer access to health records in order to allay public fears that using a personal health record would put their health privacy at risk. In a Web...

Chronology of Breaches for 2008 uploaded

The chronology of medical- or health-related breaches that were published in 2008 is now available on this site for the first part of this year. It will be updated several times during the year. So far, there are 26 incidents in the chronology. If you are aware of other incidents not including in this...

Paperless patients

Daniel Lee writes in the Indianapolis Star: A patient walks into a doctor’s office for the first time and immediately is handed a clipboard holding a form asking for all sorts of information on that person’s health status and medical history. NoMoreClipboard.com, a Fort Wayne medical technology startup, hopes to tap into consumers’ frustration...

Privacy shield crucial for online health records (opinion)

Dr. Deborah Peel of PatientPrivacyRights.org writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Now America is on the threshold of entering the digital era of health record keeping. Google and Microsoft have just introduced health record keeping software. Congress is considering standards to make health record systems interoperable, allowing easy access to records using different software...

Health 2.0: A Promising Prescription (opinion)

TechNewsWorld columnist Sonia Arrison writes: Google’s recent announcement that it is creating a home for personal health records online is a natural outgrowth of Silicon Valley’s Web 2.0 consumer Internet focus. The question this raises is whether a market-driven system is better for keeping health records than one run by the government. Groups like...

NCCN Conference Offers a Peek into Internet Medicine’s Future

A press release from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: Soon the Internet may hold your medical record where you and your doctor can access it at all hours. Even if you are undergoing a complicated chemotherapy regimen, your computer may prompt you to follow doctor’s orders and, via a daily questionnaire, alert your doctor...

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...