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Walgreens Pharmacy Website Gets Data Upgrade


Walgreens Pharmacy website Gets Data UpgradeThe team at PatientsLikeMe says they are now working with Walgreens to help make it easier for people to understand how the medications they take may affect them.

“Now anyone researching a medication or filling a prescription on Walgreens.com can access a simple snapshot that shows how their prescribed medication has impacted other patients on the therapy including medication side effects as reported by PatientsLikeMe members,” the company announced.

If you’re not familiar, PatientsLikeMe is an online network where patients living with chronic conditions can track their health connect with others and contribute data for research.
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HHS Proposes New Regulation Requiring Default Encryption on Mobile Devices Used in Healthcare


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published a new proposed rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use that would stipulate that mobile devices that retain patient data after a clinical encounter — such as laptops, smartphones and tablets — have default encryption enabled.

Many of the recent high-profile data breaches involving sensitive health information had to do with lost or stolen mobile devices, which has brought device security and proper encryption into the spotlight.  “We agree that this is an area of security that appears to need specific focus,” the NPRM for Stage 2 Meaningful Use states.  “Recent HHS analysis of reported breaches indicates that almost 40% of large breaches involve lost or stolen devices.  Had these devices been encrypted, their data would have been secured.”

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Report: Healthcare Organizations Not Prepared to Secure Patient Data


As the healthcare industry turns its focus to new digital and mobile technology, ensuring patient data and other sensitive areas are kept secure has become a major issue for hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

A new report out from PwC claims healthcare companies aren’t as prepared as they should be.  The report, entitled “Old Data Learns New Tricks: Managing Patient Privacy and Security on a New Data-Sharing Playground,” shows that despite advances in electronic health records (EHRs) and security technology, healthcare organizations have yet to adopt privacy measures on a large scale.

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A Case For EHR: HHS Reports Nearly 7.9M Health Records Exposed in Data Breaches


A new report out by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proves the need for better organization, regulation and security around sensitive patient health records, a problem digital and mobile technology can help solve.

Since early 2009, there have been more than 30,000 data breaches, affecting nearly 7.9 million people who have had their health records exposed, according to the report.   Thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, HIPAA-compliant organizations must provide notification to individuals, the Secretary, and sometimes even the media (if more than 500 individuals were affected), of breaches in unsecured health information.

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