MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Governor Deval Patrick threw his weight behind a repeal of state’s employer insurance mandate, a move that would eliminate the Commonwealth’s employer insurance rule to leave the less-strict federal mandate in its place.
Patrick said the state will "be fine" as long as the federal delays of the employer mandate don’t exceed 1 year, according to a report by the Boston Globe.
New programs keep close tabs on doctors performance
U.S. hospitals are increasingly trying to track doctors’ performance, a push that is ruffling many physicians’ feathers. The new digital tracking systems evaluate decision-making and patient outcomes, informing doctors if they are under-performing and encouraging them to improve.
WellPoint slammed with a $1.7M fine for data breach
The WellPoint insurance organization must pay $1.7 million in fines after personal information of more than 600,000 of its members was found on the internet, a clear violation of HIPAA laws. The department of Health & Human Services said the security breach exposed personal data from Oct. 2009 to March 2010, including social security numbers, names, dates of birth, addresses, telephone numbers and health information.
Google co-founder teams up with life science orgs for Alzheimer’s research
Google co-founder Sergey Brin and personal genetics company 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki kick-started a big data foundation in support of Alzheimer’s research. The project, a collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Assn., will make whole genome sequences of 800 people available to a network of researchers. The Brin-Wojcicki Foundation collaborated with the National Institutes of Health on the large neuroimaging database that will be the basis of the research initiative.
Cloud storage is a top concern for healthcare professionals
In today’s healthcare settings, cloud computing is the number one concern among healthcare IT professionals, according to a survey from the Ponemon Institute. In a poll of 781 IT and data security personnel, 33% said they need protected patient information to do their jobs, but they do not fully understand data security. Also, 23% of those surveyed admitted to intentionally unlocking some mandatory security settings on mobile devices.