Could the President’s Data Breach Proposal Affect Health Care?

Law and Health Blog
Written by Law and Health Blog
on January 23, 2015

Sony. Target. Home Depot. Community Health. Data breaches have Americans scared. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reported 783 data breaches in 2014, an increase of 27.5 percent as compared to 2013; 42 percent of those breaches occurred in the Medical/Health Care industry. On January 12, 2015, President Obama announced a legislative proposal he referred to as the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act. The Act would create a single national standard that companies would follow to notify consumers within 30 days of a breach. The President is expected to expand upon this proposal in his upcoming State of the Union speech. Read further >

Digital Media – Predictions for 2015

Steven Lindo
Written by Steven Lindo
on January 19, 2015

There were a couple of events that I consider a BFD in 2014. The advancements being made with the “supercarbon” Graphene is one, legalization of marijuana in some states in the United States another, and of course my son graduating from high school. Well, a big deal for my wife and me anyway. Another observation that I would categorize as a big deal was the dramatic advancements in Digital Media. And in 2014, it accelerated because of the convergence of technology, innovation, and the user base.

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From Prototype to Production; What’s the Holdup?

Jaco Zijlstra
Written by Jaco Zijlstra
on January 16, 2015

The Detroit Motor Show was the podium for some very exciting concept cars. Car manufacturers use these auto shows to gauge customer responses to new ideas, which are sometimes pretty far out. It is well understood that these concepts may never make it to actual production, even though these cars look like you could drive away in them right away. In software development, the power of prototypes or Proofs of Concept (PoC) is equally popular. These allow for quick feedback from prospective users on all aspects: from functionality to User Interface (UI) to willingness to pay. They can provide an early indication of feasibility and cost of building a real product. They are really indispensable components of the “fail fast, fail often” mantra in today’s development of innovative products. Read further >

Clinical Quality Language

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on January 12, 2015

HL7 is currently balloting a draft standard for a new language to represent clinical quality and clinical decision support expressions. This new language is called Clinical Quality Language (CQL). For decades, hospital systems have used different languages to represent medical knowledge, making it difficult to author decision support applications that can be used across institutions. This problem has been previously addressed through other standards such as the Arden Syntax and GELLO, but Arden is supported only by a limited number of electronic medical record (EMR) vendors, and GELLO implementations are few and far between. The new CQL standard allows the authoring of logic for both clinical quality measurement (CQM) and clinical decision support (CDS) use cases. In addition to a human-readable form (CQL), it provides a machine-friendly representation in XML using something called the Expression Logical Model (ELM). Read further >

Hack Attack

Kirsten van Engelenburg
Written by Kirsten van Engelenburg
on January 09, 2015

2014 was a great year for hackers.


They were able to dive deeply into systems and gain valuable data from large companies such as MT Gox (the bitcoin giant), iCloud (celebrity photos) and Sony (emails, unreleased movies, etc). The latest is that Regin, known to be an espionage virus from the American and British secret services, was found on a USB stick of one of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s employees. In contrast to the first cases, in the last example, luckily the alarm went off before any damage was done. Read further >

Quality of C-CDA documents

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on December 22, 2014

Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) documents are being used in the United States to exchange patient data between providers. In the current issue of JAMIA, the authors D’Amore, Mandel, Kreda, et al, evaluated the quality of a sample of these documents. They conducted a detailed review of 21 C-CDA samples received from different vendors. Read further >

News from the far North

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on December 19, 2014

No, I am not talking about Santa Claus today, but Finland. What comes to mind? Maybe Nokia, Teemu Selänne, or even IKEA (sorry, that is Sweden).

When thinking about Finland, people over here would say: smart, but definitely crazy. So, actually a perfect place for innovative people to meet. Today I want to talk about cool stuff from Finland – like Leningrad Cowboys or Aki Kaurismäki. It’s an annual event about the future of tech, knowledge and media, called Mindtrek Conference!

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The Real Future of Search, Now!

Steven Lindo
Written by Steven Lindo
on December 15, 2014

As data continues to explode across the information super highway, the ways in which we search for information has also changed. The goal of search (as defined by Google) “is to get the user to the answer or information they seek, faster by creating a seamless connection between them and the knowledge they seek.” I support this definition and we can see that Google is backing up their statement by putting their money and resources where their mouth is. So how about you and your organization, are you ready to get real about the future of search?

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