Category: Health Information Technology
By John D. Halamka, MD
Per the theme of security assessment I've been posting about, part of crafting a multi-year security roadmap is examining technologies and practices that have limited use in healthcare but are widely deployed in other industries.
By John D. Halamka, MD
The December HIT Standards Committee focused on the reality of implementing the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Standards and Certification rule in the real world of hospitals, clinician offices, and healthcare information exchanges.
The U.S.'s $2.5 trillion healthcare industry is a prime target for cyber-terrorists, and health providers need to prepare for the growing threat, researchers say.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The U.S. healthcare system needs to beef up security efforts to defend against an ever-growing cybersecurity threat, researchers warned.
U.S. healthcare organizations are increasingly dependent on the internet for communication activities, and that dependence puts at risk the information and tasks that are carried out online or via networks, according to research published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health.
In 2008, I wrote about representing privacy preferences in an XML form that I called the Consent Assertion Markup language (CAML).
When I was 13 years old, the Altair 8800 appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics. By 16, I was building enough hardware and software that I achieved the Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours of competency by age 18. By 19, I founded a company that produced tax calculation software for the Kaypro, Osborne, and new IBM PC. Every week in the Silicon Valley of the early 1980's brought a new startup into the nascent desktop computer industry.
House Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduces a bill that would create an FDA office tasked with managing wireless health.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduced a bill on the House floor designed to give a boost to health information technology, including wireless health programs.
Patients, physicians, regulators and device makers attempt to reconcile some patients' demand to access the data gathered by their health devices with the medical and regulatory need to ensure the information is safe and meaningful.
A growing group of patients is beginning to demand more from their medical devices, calling on medtech manufacturers and physicians to grant them access to the data gathered from their medical implants and other devices.
As medical technologies and the patients using them are growing more tech- and web-savvy, the information gathered by a device such as a cardiac implant or a sleep apnea machine is becoming tricky ground for patients, device makers, physicians and regulators.