July 19, 2013 |
Next to our medical records, our most closely guarded secrets probably involve our household finances. So it's understandable that many of the half-million retirees currently receiving a public pension from California were freaked out recently when CalPERS, the state pension agency, announced it was poised to post their names, their monthly retirement stipends, and other personal information online in a very accessible way. There's no...
July 16, 2013 |
As the use of hormone reduction therapy becomes increasingly common in the treatment of prostate cancer, a new study has linked the practice to an increased risk of acute kidney injury. In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. , researchers examined the medical records of more than 10,000 men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer and found that use of androgen deprivation therapy , or ADT, was associated with a 2.5 times greater risk of acute kidney injury.
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July 12, 2013 |
Five workers and a student research assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been fired over privacy breaches involving patient medical records. Cedars-Sinai officials said in a statement that 14 patient records were "inappropriately accessed" between June 18 and June 24. Six people were fired over the breach: four were employees of community physicians who have medical staff privileges at the hospital, one was a medical assistant employed by Cedars-Sinai, and one was an unpaid student research assistant.
July 8, 2013 |
Hospitals are increasingly switching from paper to electronic medical records but aren't necessarily using them to improve the quality or efficiency of care, according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Forty-four percent of hospitals had basic electronic health records in 2012, up from 27% the previous year, according to the report. Overall, the number of hospitals using such medical records has tripled since 2010. Some of the biggest jumps occurred in rural hospitals, which increased from 1 in 10 in 2010 to 1 in 3 in 2012. More physicians also are using electronic records, with an increase from 26% in 2010 to 38% last year.
May 30, 2013 |
My grandmother, who raised some great family dogs, always said that mutts made the smartest and healthiest pets. A new study of the medical records of more than 90,000 purebred and mixed-breed dogs suggests that there is some truth to Grandma's theories on canine health - but only to a point. When it comes to genetic disorders in dogs, a Maltese isn't always more likely to suffer than a mongrel. Prevalence “among purebred and mixed-breed dogs depends on the specific condition,” said UC Davis animal physiologist Anita Oberbauer, lead author of a report published Tuesday in the online edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Assn.
May 28, 2013 |
My last post , which attempted to rebut claims that Obamacare would have the Internal Revenue Service reviewing personal medical records, wasn't as reassuring to some readers as I'd hoped. In fact, several said the proof of the agency's interest in medical records was already out there, in the form of a class-action lawsuit filed this year that claims the IRS seized "at least 6 million identifiable medical records" belonging to about 10 million Americans. Reader "GIJay" asked, "Healy[sic]