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Gurman Becomes 171st President of AMA

AMAEarlier this month, Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., an orthopedic hand surgeon from Hollidaysburg, Penn., was sworn in as the 171th president of the American Medical Association (AMA).

In leading the organization, we’re told that Dr. Gurman will focus his tenure on advancing the AMA’s three strategic focus areas, to: “improve health outcomes for Americans living with pre-diabetes and hypertension; accelerate change in medical education and prepare students for today’s health care system; and enhance physician satisfaction and practice sustainability.”

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CA Technologies Takes Aim at Mitigating Security Breaches, Compliance Risks

CA Technologies Takes Aim at Mitigating Security Breaches, Compliance RisksThis month, CA Technologies announced plans to acquire privately held Xceedium, Inc., a provider of “privileged identity management solutions” that protect on-premise, cloud and hybrid IT environments.

Although financial terms weren’t made public as of this writing, we’re told that the deal should close this quarter.

So what’s behind the buy? Here’s what CA Technologies has to say:
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Frasier Meadows Helping Physicians Safely Access AOD EHRs

Frasier Meadows Helping Physicians Safely Access AOD EHRsOn Tuesday, mHealthWatch learned that Ericom Software, a provider of application access and desktop virtualization solutions, has a new partner.

Frasier Meadows, a Colorado-based CCRC living facility, has deployed Ericom AccessNow to deliver browser-based access to an electronic health records (EHR) system.

The Colorado-based CCRC chose Ericom “over a complex virtual private network (VPN) system to give non-employee physicians flexible BYOD access to patient information from personal devices, e.g., laptops and iPads.”

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Health Hacks Could Be As Brutal as Those in Hollywood; Biggest Threat Still Employee Mistakes

Health Hacks Could Be As Brutal as Those in Hollywood Biggest Threat Still Employee MistakesWhat can the recent hack on Sony Pictures teach us about the healthcare sector?

Actually, among the privileged Sony information bits that were compromised were not just nasty emails about Hollywood stars, but also employee healthcare data and other personal information.

So says Michael Bruemmer of Experian Data Breach Resolution, who believes the primary lesson to be learned is “that any organization that handles health information is vulnerable to hacking, regardless of whether it’s a healthcare provider, a business associate that processes the data, or an employer, such as Sony, that communicates about workers’ healthcare.”

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Democratization of Medicine Discussed at Health 2.0

Democratization of Medicine Discussed at Health 2.0On Monday, during his Health 2.0 keynote address, Dr. Eric Topol — Editor-in-Chief of Medscape and Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health – drew attention to what he calls the democratization of medicine (i.e.., cutting edge digital health technologies impacting the relationship between patients and their physicians).

Leading to the most buzz, however, was Dr. Topol’s unveiling of key findings from a new WebMD/Medscape survey of patients and healthcare professionals.

The WebMD/Medscape survey, say those behind the report’s composition, reveals “unique and often surprising perspectives” about patients’ and physicians’ willingness to embrace the use of digital technology.

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OPINION: Would You Take a Bullet for Your Clinical Data?

OPINION Would You Take a Bullet for Your Clinical DataThe following is a guest contributed post from Bonnie Cassidy, Senior Director of HIM Innovation at Nuance Communications.

Data has become the vital component against which all things are measured— from determining short-term efficacy to developing long-range strategies. As a result, a new role is emerging in many industries, the Data Quality Officer (DQO), who is entrusted with ensuring data health, analyzing trends, and deriving actionable insights from the information. While this role may be new to Fortune 500 companies, its core competencies have existed in healthcare for years, championed by health information management (HIM) professionals.

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New York Senator Schumer Says Wearable Health Tech Should Protect Consumers from Data Breaches

New York Senator Schumer Says Wearable Health Tech Should Protect Consumers from Data BreachesIn a recent post at the U.S. Senate’s Newsroom website, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) informed constituents that “personal health and fitness data – so rich that an individual can be identified by their gait – is being gathered and stored by fitness bracelets like ‘FitBit’ and others like it, and can potentially be sold to third parties, like employers, insurance providers and other companies, without the users’ knowledge or consent.”

Schumer said he believes the situation “creates a privacy nightmare, given that these fitness trackers gather highly personal information on steps per day, sleep patterns, calories burned, and GPS locations. Users often input private health information like blood pressure, weight, and more.”

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