February 22, 2008 |
Web search company Google Inc. is collaborating with Cleveland Clinic, one of the premier U.S. health institutions, to pilot an exchange of data that puts patients in charge of their own medical records. The healthcare industry has been trying to usher in a paperless era for more than a decade, holding out the promise that electronic medical records would bring significant cost savings. Currently, only a tiny minority of hospitals and primary care physicians use electronic medical records.
January 23, 2008 |
EMC Corp., the world's biggest maker of storage computers, introduced Tuesday a service that lets companies back up information on their personal computers over the Internet. EMC is pushing into software and services and away from reliance on less-profitable storage computers to spur growth. Chief Executive Joseph Tucci has spent $8 billion buying software companies in the last four years. The service uses software from Berkeley Data Systems, which EMC bought in October.
January 17, 2008 |
The United States is giving Mexico access to an electronic database to help trace weapons smuggled from the U.S. to Mexican drug gangs, U.S. Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey said. The e-Trace database has been installed at U.S. consulates in the cities of Monterrey, Hermosillo and Guadalajara. It will be expanded to the remaining six consulates by March, and should be available in Spanish soon. Mexican police will be able to determine the origin of weapons seized from criminals and then notify U.S. authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2008 |
Twelve years after a Silver Lake man died, his pharmacy receipts and medical bills sit in a Los Angeles archive with a hand-written message declaring: "The Cost of AIDS." In a San Francisco library, a massive photo collection capturing the exuberance of gay liberation in the 1970s and its tragic collision with AIDS fills many cartons.
December 6, 2007 |
A House bill sponsored by two California representatives that would set up a national registry of convicted arsonists passed on a voice vote. The bill requires convicted arsonists to report to authorities on where they live or attend school, and sets up a national database developed by the attorney general to track them. The bill now goes to the Senate.
November 1, 2007 |
A panel on Internet names voted to conduct further studies on the databases containing names, phone numbers and other private information on domain-name owners, deferring questions over whether such details should remain public. The committee of the Marina del Rey-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, also rejected a proposal to give Internet users the ability to list third-party contacts rather than their own data in the open, searchable databases called Whois.