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Calling Dr. Algorithm

Technology is poised to make big changes in the delivery of healthcare.

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Google launches telemedicine beta for video chats with docs

A new feature Google is testing helps direct those searching for medical advice not only to information but also allows them to connect online for a physician consult.

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Are e-health records at fault for Ebola mistakes?

The Dallas patient diagnosed with Ebola died today. While the hospital retracted an earlier statement blaming its electronic health records system for initially sending him home without treatment, experts say the systems are still...

'Implementing HIPAA,' redefined

This large urban teaching hospital is implementing HIPAA security regulations. But in one key clinical area, not only do users all share the same account, but the password hasn't been changed in years.

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Generation Nervous? Millennial searches focus on anxiety meds

An analysis of healthcare-related Internet search habits by U.S. workers showed millennials more frequently seek out anti-anxiety meds compared to other generations.

Oregon sues Oracle over troubled health insurance website

Oregon has filed a long-expected lawsuit against Oracle over its role developing the state's troubled health insurance exchange website.

US agencies to release cyberthreat info faster to healthcare industry

U.S government agencies will work to release cyberthreat information faster to the health-care industry after a massive breach at hospital operator Community Health Systems, representatives of two agencies said.

FDA approves tech that turns smartphone into stroke warning system

The FDA today approved an algorithm that allows a special iPhone case to record the heart's rhythm and detect abnormalities associated with strokes or other heart-related problems.

As Ebola death toll rises, scientists work on nanotech cure

Scientists at Northeastern University are using nanotechnology to find an effective treatment for the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,200 people, and sickened even more.

Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

The data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the personal information on more than 4.5 million people is a symptom of the chronic lack of attention to patient data security and privacy within the healthcare industry.

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Why would Chinese hackers want US hospital patient data?

The theft of personal data on 4.5 million patients of Community Health Systems by hackers in China highlights the increasing degree to which hospitals are becoming lucrative targets for information theft.

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About 4.5M face risk of ID theft after hospital network hacked

About 4.5 million people in 28 states face the risk of identity theft due to a massive data breach at Community Health Systems (CHS) a Franklin, Tenn., based health network.

Mobile testing for Ebola gains renewed urgency as outbreak grows

Developing a mobile test to quickly detect the presence of the deadly Ebola virus in a patient has become a priority for medical technologists.

White House's new IT engineer is sharp, witty, and blunt

If the White House learned one thing from the Healthcare.gov debacle, it was that the government needs clear-thinking people who can see a problem for what it is. Mikey Dickerson may just be that person.

'Biochip' aims to quicken disease diagnosis, cut medical test costs

A new 'biochip' under development to accurately identify disease strains may reduce costs for medical testing and also reduce wait time for results.

Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, and rural population grows, telemedicine is expected to take off this year as an alternative to traditional in-person physician visits.

Veteran Affairs overhaul includes IT assessment

President Obama has signed legislation focused on overhauling the Department of Veteran Affairs' troubled health-care system, including an IT review of the VA's process of scheduling patients.

California health care exchange to share 9 million patient records online

The California Integrated Data Exchange plans to develop a statewide health information exchange that will allow caregivers to share the electronic records of one-quarter of the state's population.

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