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The impact of 9/11 on health care IT

September 12, 2011 by MassDevice

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2011 left a mark in the way that health care providers view emergencies and back up their systems.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

On September 11, 2001, I was sitting in my Harvard Clinical Research Institute office (I was CIO there from 2001-2007 as part of my Harvard Medical School CIO duties). A staff member ran into my office and told me that a plane had crashed into a World Trade Center Tower. This sounded like a horrible accident.

Medtronic's Omar Ishrak expands the global mission, talks mobile and defends Infuse | MassDevice.com On Call

September 12, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Medtronic's newly minted chief executive plans big moves in India, makes the case for mobile health care and defends its controversial Infuse bone therapy product.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL —Medtronic Inc.'s (NYSE:MDT) new CEO Omar Ishrak has big plan for the company, including a focused push toward India and a spotlight on mobile health care.

He called India the "biggest hole" in the company's global reach, and the Minnesota-based med-tech goliath is looking for opportunities to build up its R&D efforts there.

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Vermont Information Technology Leaders talk change

September 11, 2011 by MassDevice

Discussing the future of healthcare information exchange with the VITL.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Data security: A rising problem for electronic health records

September 9, 2011 by MassDevice

Recent news of thousands of exposed patient records marks a growing trend in breaches of patient privacy and health record security.

By Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC

Westby Fisher

It was kind of funny reading this recent article from the New York Times that focuses on a relatively small health data breach from Stanford Hospital's emergency room:

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Health record breach at Stanford exposes thousands of patients | MassDevice.com On Call

September 9, 2011 by MassDevice staff

A patient medical record breach at Stanford Hospital left thousands of patient records exposed on a commercial website for nearly a year.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Thousands of patient medical records from Stanford Hospital containing names and diagnosis codes were publicly exposed on a commercial website for nearly a year before being caught last month.

About 20,000 emergency room patient records were exposed on a website aimed at helping students find financial aid for school since Sept. 9, 2010 as a downloadable attachment.

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Real-time ECG monitoring shows greater heart lesions during earthquake | MassDevice.com On Call

September 6, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Real-time heart monitoring allows researchers to see for the first time a huge increase in cardiac events during the Chilean earthquake.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Real-time heart monitoring for the first time showed a massive increase in cardiac events during the February 2010 earthquake in Chile.

Similar research has shown an relationship between reported patient heart problems and tragic events, such as in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings in New York, but the reports came from the days and weeks after the attack. Using ECG telemonitors, researchers were able to gather data in real-time from patients reporting to hospitals during the tragic earthquake in Chile last year.

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The standards summer camp deliverables

September 5, 2011 by MassDevice

Everything you wanted to know about the Healt Information Technology Standards Committee's upcoming Meaningful Use Stage 2 rule making proposals.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

On September 28 2011, the HIT Standards Committee (HITSC) will officially deliver to ONC its 6 months of hard work from Standards Summer Camp. HITSC subcommittees and workgroups have met every other day since April to prepare the standards recommendations needed to support Meaningful Use Stage 2 rule making.

The S&I Framework teams have been working in parallel on important issues - Certificates, Provider Directories, Lab Result Reporting, and Transfer of Care Summaries.

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