Here’s your weekly roundup of the latest health technology news! This week, our team shares these stories:
- Health care’s response to the ruling that protected the Affordable Care Act
- Errors in medical records are not going unnoticed
- Hackers and health care: it’s not a mutual love
- New app that tracks local disease
- DNA evidence is not always accurate
- Infographic: technology in care homes
How Did the Healthcare Industry React to King v. Burwell?
The Supreme Court decided to uphold federal subsidies, keeping the Affordable Care Act (ACA) alive at least through the 2016 elections. Responses from large health organizations varied from supportive to reserved. Possible impacts of the ruling: more states move away from running their own insurance marketplaces, ACA reform, and hospital stocks continue to skyrocket. Read the full story on healthcaredive.com…
Trouble With Health Records
It’s not uncommon for medical records to contain errors, and patients are becoming more aware of the dangers that come along with those mistakes. Some people have been given the wrong prescription or treatment or were incorrectly billed–“which in some cases may also represent fraud.” The writer of this story suggests that all patients spend time closely examining their medical records. Read the full story on washingtonpost.com…
Why Hackers Love to Target Health care
In 2014, the healthcare sector reported 333 health data breaches. Experts are quick to blame lax cybersecurity in health organizations, but that’s not normally the case. Why then are hackers so intent and successful at breaking into these systems? This article lists four big reasons, one being that health data is the most valuable information hackers can get their hands on. Read the full story on healthcare-informatics.com…
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New App Allows users to avoid “the plague”
A few centuries ago, if someone had the plague, a red “X” was painted on their door so people would know not to enter. The new mobile app, Healthyday, seeks to do something very similar–it helps the user map and track local illness. If you access the app, you will see which areas or neighbors are “infected” with colds, flu, or even chicken pox. Healthyday could help us avoid getting sick…but it could also turn us into germaphobic snoops. Read the full story on verdict.justia.com…
DNA Evidence: NOt as foolproof as we thought
You know the part in movies or crime shows when DNA evidence is brought into the courtroom, and it’s pretty much case closed? That happens in real life, too. “When the technique of identifying people by their genes was invented, it seemed like just the thing the justice system had always been waiting for: Bare, scientific fact that could circumvent the problems of human perception, motivation, and bias.” People never doubt it. But in fact, DNA science is not absolute and can be “in the eye of the beholder.” One of the scientists who wrote the original paper on using DNA as a forensic tool spent years warning people against blindly trusting results they get from his methods. Read the full story on frontline.org…
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