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Experts Assess Cyber Security Threats in Medical Technology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqCUehGEq80 As the number of patients using medical devices – worn or implanted – exponentially grows, to what extent is their privacy or safety at risk from hackers? And, how are medical technology manufacturers, security software developers and regulators like the FDA addressing this issue of data breaches? Given the growing prominence of medical technology delivery systems ...

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Playing with FHIR: Health Data Interoperability’s Next Chapter

Like explorers searching for the Northwest Passage, the U.S. healthcare industry has been searching for the key to unlock health data interoperability. Thwarting the quest are ice floes of governmental bureaucracy; free-market healthcare economics rewarding providers and EHR vendors who keep data proprietary; and legacy IT infrastructure slowly transforming itself into a more modern, cloud-based model. The ...

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The Gamification of Healthcare – Wellness@Work with MSLGROUP

Summer’s here, and it’s a great time to get outdoors and be active. I, for one, am a big believer in the benefits of physical activity. It’s fantastic for one’s mental and physical well-being. There is a big movement now to use social gaming to help people modify behavioral patterns, start a health plan and stick with it. But wellness is more than diet and exercise. It is also about socialization and findin ...

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Natural disasters can leave long-lasting effects on health; Know the risks ahead of time

  In the event of a natural disaster, hospitals are typically prepared for the potential of a power outage with backup generators. However, NYU Langone Medical Center, which treats as many as 800 patients at a time, had a devastating experience during Hurricane Sandy – the backup generators failed. As a result, the facility had no power for lights, respirators, machines and elevators. A ...

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Transparency in Healthcare Leads to Trust and Improved Outcomes

The national emphasis on value-based healthcare and metrics based on improved outcomes is putting a renewed focus on the issue of transparency. Transparency comes in the form of information to patients, such as the services providers offer, the cost of those services and the quality of the services.In 2006, The Commonwealth Fund published an article titled, "Transparency in Healthcare: The Time Has Com ...

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Consumer Health News in Review: Big Soda Debate, Survival and Strep

September makes me think of transitions. The days are are getting shorter, iced coffee is replaced with warm apple cider, flip flops are tucked away and swapped for boots. It is official - summer's closing up shop. I’ve decided to reflect upon some of the consumer health stories that made headlines over the past few months and in today’s edition of consumer health news, share some updates.Take a ...

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The Consumer Health Week in Review: Most obese states; no more tears and codeine safety for kids

Study: Mississippi Most Obese State, Colorado SlimmestHold the Mississippi mud pie. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came out this week showing nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very overweight in 2011, putting the state at the top of the list for obesity.  Unfortunately, the South did not fare well in the study. The three heaviest states after Mississippi were: ...

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The Consumer Health Week in Review: Stay safe at State Fairs, keep walking and diabetes

 The Return of Swine Flu?We all remember the swine flu craze several years ago. According to the CDC, a new strain is now emerging. There has been a spike in swine flu cases over the last week, rising from less than 30 to over 150. The CDC is assuring the public that it is “not a pandemic situation.” And the strain’s not unusually dangerous – so far, those affected have got bett ...

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The Consumer Health Week in Review: Women’s Health

This one is for the ladies: Women’s Healthcare Provisions take effectThis week on Wednesday, a new phase of the Affordable Care Act took effect, focused on women’s preventative healthcare services. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius was joined by Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), S ...

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The Consumer Health Week in Review: Mass General Hospital is #1; FDA approves pill to reduce HIV; Egg allergies, treated with egg; Whooping Cough strikes

Move over Bruins, there’s a new #1 in Boston: Mass General Hospital The best hospitals rankings are out from U.S. News and Mass General is No. 1 for the first time. Displacing Johns Hopkins, Mass General’s honor marks the end of a 21-year reign for Hopkins that started in 1991. The rankings are based largely on objective measures of hospital performance, such as patient survival rates, and struc ...

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The Consumer Health Week in Review: New Approaches to Treat Diabetes; Pushing Back on Doctor’s Orders; No Graphic Smoking Pictures in NYC; Oregano Kills Prostate Cancer Cells

New Strategies in Controlling DiabetesResearchers are trying new approaches to treat Type 2 diabetes amid widespread uncertainty about the most effective therapies and concerns that current strategies might be doing some patients more harm than good. New treatment guidelines suggest doctors vary treatments depending on a patient's age, general health and even personal preferences and recommend that doctors ...

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The Consumer Health Week in Review: First FDA-Approved Rapid HIV Test; Beating the Heat; Mammogram Update; Robotic Legs

After Decades of Controversy, First Rapid HIV Test Wins FDA ApprovalThe FDA’s approval earlier this week of a new HIV test marks the first time that Americans can learn in the privacy of their home whether they are infected. The OraQuick test, by OraSure Technologies, said to be as easy as a home-pregnancy test, uses a cheek swab and provides results in less than 40 minutes. Until now, other at home t ...

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