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Yale Students Develop Rapid Bacteria Detector

- A team of engineering graduate students at Yale is working to create a new technology that could help prevent widespread food-borne illness and lead to quicker diagnosis of bacterial infections.

Breast Cancer Survivor Creates Prosthesis ID Card for Travelers

- A breast cancer survivor creates an ID card to help others using prostheses pass through security. It doesn’t exempt survivors from searches, but helps them move through security more discreetly.

USPS Reductions Won’t Affect its Door-to-Door Anthrax Response Capability

- Despite financial woes, the USPS remains ready to act as a first responder to a biological attack.

Sick of Data Protection Rules?

- One medical center finds a healthy approach to meeting all of its compliance requirements.

Pandemic Planning

- Pandemic planning and information sharing among government agencies and stakeholders paid off during the H1N1 scare, says a new Government Accountability Office report. However, the report also found that the government’s credibility diminished when vaccine supplies did not meet public expectations.

Implantable Medical Devices: Hacks and Countermeasures

- Vulnerability of implanted medical devices is the topic of a presentation at Black Hat. Elsewhere, reports indicate that researchers are already developing countermeasures.

Hardware Theft Leads the List of Reasons for Medical Information Breaches

- Cybersecurity is a primary concern as corporate workplaces cozy up to mobile technology like smartphones and tablets, but physical theft of devices still remains the number one cause of security breaches of private health information, according to a Department of Health and Human Services database of health information breaches.

Sexual Assault Reporting Procedures at Veterans Affairs Hospitals Criticized

- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on problems uncovered at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding the way sexual assaults are reported in its medical facilities.

HHS Proposal Would Strengthen HIPAA Privacy Rule

- A new proposed rule by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would give people the right to learn who may have accessed their electronically stored healthcare information.

State Legislation: California: Elder Abuse

- A bill (A.B. 40) introduced in the California Legislature would amend its law regarding elder abuse. Under current law, certain people, referred to as mandated reporters, must report the physical or financial abuse of an elderly person. Under the new bill, mandated reporters would be required to notify two specific entities—the local ombudsman for the care facility and local law enforcement.

Security's Successful Operation

- How one hospital's security department gave itself a checkup and developed a regimen for improving performance.

Liability Lessons for Hospitals

- By understanding what leads to lawsuits against hospitals, healthcare organizations can reduce the risk of litigation.

Patients Uneasy About Security of Electronic Health Records

- A new survey finds patients wary of the move to electronic health records and the ability of their healthcare providers to secure them.
 




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