The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association argues that the Boston Public Health Commission violated the HIPAA Privacy Rule when it requested that hospitals provide medical data without patient consent on victims of last month's marathon bombings. Health Info Security.
Startups are working to develop technology that could help patients better adhere to medication regimens. Such tools include sensors that transmit pill digestion data and a pill bottle that glows colors when a medication dose should be taken or is missed. Wall Street Journal.
Legal experts are debating the extent to which HIPAA regulations are preventing states from reporting certain medical data to the federal gun-purchase background check database. The Obama administration is looking into easing some of the legal barriers under HIPAA. Reuters.
According to a study, researchers have used Internet-transmitted data to speed the process of synthesizing an influenza strain and developing a vaccine. The study also highlighted the usefulness of a digital library of flu gene components. U-T San Diego, Boston Globe.
A yearlong survey of text4baby program users finds that the text messaging service promoted maternal and child health care. Users say the program increased their health knowledge and reminded them of appointments, among other benefits. FierceMobileHealthcare.
The Office of Management and Budget has issued a new policy requiring federal agencies to make data more accessible and searchable. The Obama administration also released an online resource to aid research on links between climate change and health. FierceHealthIT et al.
For a new study, researchers from Brigham Young University used Twitter to track Adderall misuse among college students. According to the researchers, social media could help public health officials identify populations with high rates of medication misuse. Deseret News et al.
CMS and HHS are partnering with data analytics firm Archimedes to expand access to de-identified Medicare claims data. As part of the project, Archimedes is providing an online portal to help users query information. The project aims to accelerate the development of software that could leverage analytics to improve care and reduce costs. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.
According to a recent study, data from social networking websites could help researchers assess population health factors, such as obesity. The study found links between Facebook users' interests and rates of obesity in the surrounding area. FierceHealthIT et al.
CMS has proposed adding a new routine use of individual health information to eight federal databases. The new routine use aims to make it easier for local public health agencies to identify medically vulnerable residents during an emergency. Health Data Management et al.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute will spend $68 million to fund two research networks that will help scientists conduct clinical trials and comparative-effectiveness studies using data gathered through physician visits. Washington Post's "Wonkblog" et al.
CDC's $6.6 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 includes a $40 million request to build an advanced molecular detection and informatics system that could track infectious disease outbreaks. The proposal is part of CDC's wider effort to modernize state and national public health tools. Government Health IT.
A new discussion paper published by the Institute of Medicine states that the electronic sharing of data collected during regular physician visits could help improve care for the larger population. According to the paper, the electronic sharing of such data could help boost efforts to monitor disease outbreaks and prevent medical errors. FierceHealthIT, Purdue University release.
A computer model developed as part of an online crowdsourcing contest uses a three-gene signature to predict with 76% accuracy which of two breast cancer patients would live longer, according to a study. MedPage Today's "The Gupta Guide," MyHealthNewsDaily/Yahoo! News.
A contest launched by the Bipartisan Policy Center, Heritage Provider Network and The Advisory Board Company seeks initiatives to help health care providers use "big data" to boost care. The contest will offer at least three quarterly prizes of $100,000. Health Data Management et al