ONC’s 2016 Health IT Standards Advisory

Howard Strasberg MD MS
Written by Howard Strasberg MD MS
on December 31, 2015

Interoperability remains both one of the great promises of electronic health record adoption and, at least today, one of the key areas where much more progress is needed. Developing and agreeing upon standards is a necessary condition for the ability of health information systems to work together within and across organizational boundaries. Read further >

What Has Happened to Babylon?

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on October 12, 2015

Babylon is one of the most important cities in Ancient history. Its well-known king Hammurabi was the first in the world to publish laws in local languages, so that every citizen had easy access to them (somehow, he was one of the founders of our industry!). In addition, according to the Bible, Babylon is the place where all the different human languages come from. How do we cope with this diversity today?

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Google’s Privacy Dashboard

Kirsten van Engelenburg
Written by Kirsten van Engelenburg
on July 06, 2015

Maybe as an answer to the discussion on the right to be forgotten, the right of privacy, Google has introduced a new feature: A privacy dashboard. It is not new in the sense that it did not exist; you could find all of its features in your account below ‘Privacy’. But it is new in the sense that now all of these possibilities to control your account settings are in one view. Read further >

Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on July 03, 2015

To be honest, I don’t know. We all know about progress in language technology, such as Google Translate or Siri or our own Wolters Kluwer technology that we use in the legal area. But we also see that – especially in Europe – we are still locked in our own language and cannot easily transcend this barrier a part from switching into English as a lingua franca. So, where is the innovation?

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When Archeologists and Computer Scientists Talk About Legal Matters

Christian Dirschl
Written by Christian Dirschl
on February 27, 2015

I had the privilege and pleasure to be present at one of these rare occasions.

Experts from different domains, personal histories, and backgrounds will work together in the coming years. They all push toward making the creation and maintenance of data-intensive systems and applications more efficient.

Or to put it simply: ALIGNED was born!

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What Have You Tested Lately?

Pim Nauts
Written by Pim Nauts
on February 13, 2015

In earlier posts, I outlined how (for instance) we use data and online tests (and testing principles) to improve the experience of our online applications. To build an application (even just a simple website) that performs best for both you and your users, you need to remove friction and build trust. They sound like very simple principles, which are hard not to agree with – right? Read further >

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 >

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 >

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