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  • Cyberattack forces West Virginia Hospital to scrap its computer systems.

    06/30/2017 5:02:13 AM PDT · by gattaca · 34 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | June 29, 2017 | Melanie Evans
    Princeton Community Hospital in rural West Virginia will scrap and replace its entire computer network after being struck by the cyberattack paralyzing computers globally. The cyberattack, known as Petya, froze the hospital's electronic medical record system early Tuesday, leaving doctors unable to review patients' medical history or transmit laboratory and pharmacy orders, said Rose Morgan, the hospital's vice president of patient care services. Officials were unable to restore services, and found there was no way to pay a ransom for the return of their system. So, after consulting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and cybersecurity experts, officials made the...
  • How Electronic Medical Records Exploded In Doctors’ Faces And Politicians Got Off Scot-Free

    06/10/2017 12:36:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 58 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 07 June 2017 | Greg Scandlen
    <p>More than a decade ago the media were excited that Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich had formed an alliance about reforming health care. In 2005 Dana Milbank wrote in gushing terms in the Washington Post about a joint appearance.</p> <p>Of course, they were not alone. President Bush had already embraced the idea in his State of the Union speech to Congress. He envisioned a new era of “improved information technology to prevent medical error and needless costs.”</p>
  • Michael Brown's family fights Ferguson push for his records

    12/31/2016 9:02:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 10:46 AM EST | Jim Suhr
    Michael Brown’s parents are objecting to a request from Ferguson for their son’s medical and academic records as the city defends itself against a lawsuit the parents filed over the 2014 police shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old. Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden, in December court filings, asked U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber in St. Louis to at least limit if not scuttle altogether a push by the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, its former police chief and the officer who shot their son to turn over the documents. The parents say the documents are irrelevant and that...
  • HHS Says Health Records Should Communicate With Each Other. What Does That Mean?

    04/11/2016 4:37:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Nextgov ^ | 4/8/16 | Mohana Ravindranath
    When a patient moves from one health system to another, there’s no guarantee his or her electronic medical records are compatible with the new system’s. The Department of Health and Human Services wants to change that, with a number of efforts aimed at making electronic health record technology more “interoperable.” But how does a health system measure “interoperability,” and how does the department know if it’s successful? HHS doesn’t know the answer -- and it’s looking to the public for help. In a new request for information, HHS is asking for input on metrics that could measure interoperability. The eventual...
  • No, Your Medical Records Are Not Private

    10/20/2015 3:15:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/19/15 | Kathryn Watson
    Many Americans think the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects their medical privacy, but federal bureaucrats issue thousands of subpoenas every year without prior judicial approval to get around the law.“If you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy against government in your medical care, then where does it exist at all? If that’s not private, then what is?” Adam Bates, a criminal justice policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.Congress passed HIPAA in 1996 with a promise that it would clamp down on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care...
  • Feds Seize Medical Records on 'Fishing Expedition' Investigations with No Subpoena from a Judge

    07/22/2015 6:35:10 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 20 2015 | Mark Fitzgibbons
    While focusing their resources and political energy on the NSA’s mass collection of metadata, privacy advocates have neglected the most dangerous institutionalized violations of the Fourth Amendment: administrative subpoenas. Now a United States District Court judge in Texas has ruled for the Drug Enforcement Agency that an administrative subpoena may be used to search medical records. It was inevitable, given the march towards illegally nullifying the Fourth Amendment through use of these judge-less bureaucrat warrants authorized by Congress. Administrative subpoenas are issued unilaterally by government agencies -- meaning without approval by neutral judges -- and without probable cause stated under...
  • The Evidence-Based Medicine Lie Exposed

    06/03/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Rona Badger · 17 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | June 3, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    The Sinister Bridge between Evidence-Based Medicine and Electronic Health Records. The Federal government is closing in on every aspect of our society. Medical data is one of several key components required to make their collection and consolidation complete. Words mean something. They are not just utterance or grunts. Yet, we have been taught to swallow words without really considering their meaning. In this, the corporate and governmental propaganda machine has succeeded well. We give up our lives based on a kind of mass failure to understand what is really meant by a word or a phrase. Weapons of Mass Destruction,...
  • Doctors Beware: the Electronic Health Records Debacle May Get Much Worse

    05/12/2015 8:00:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/12/2015 | John R. Graham
    More and more people are having the disturbing experience of seeing their doctors spend more time pecking at a computer keyboard than examining them. The doctors are entering data into their patients’ electronic health records (EHRs) in compliance with federal rules introduced a few years ago. EHRs drive doctors crazy. Their own experience tells them that electronic recordkeeping interferes with care, by taking time away from patients. In a survey conducted by the Deloitte consulting group, three of four doctors said EHRs are not worth the cost. The influential RAND Corporation, which had long endorsed EHRs, reported in 2013 that...
  • Doctors are Becoming Government Agents

    04/17/2015 11:11:05 AM PDT · by Rona Badger · 34 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | April 16, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Physicians are now required to care more about billing codes than your personal care. That’s right; over the last few years doctors have been forced into ignoring their sacred Hippocratic Oath. The US government and the insurance mafia have put their whips into the backs of physicians. Electronic medical records (EMRs) regulations, a key component of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), require doctors to quiz patients about matters which often have nothing to do with the care of their patients. The data which the government demands (but does not pay the doctors to collect) all merges into various government databases,...
  • Doctors to get Medicare pay cut if they don't 'meaningfully' use electronic medical records

    12/19/2014 6:18:33 PM PST · by nicmarlo · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The bullying of the nation’s physicians continues apace, now turning to penalizing doctors who don’t meet the administration’s one-size-fits-all approach to medical records. Bruce Japsen of Forbes reports: More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren’t adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, is telling about 257,000 eligible medical care providers who are largely physicians that they will be paid 1 percent less in reimbursement...
  • Ebola Patient's Temperature Spiked to 103 Degrees

    10/11/2014 1:07:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 10, 2014 | The Associated Press
    Thomas Eric Duncan's temperature spiked to 103 degrees during the hours of his initial visit to an emergency room — a fever that was flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital's record-keeping system, his medical records show. Despite telling a nurse that he had recently been in Africa and displaying other symptoms that could indicate Ebola — fever, sharp headache and abdominal pain — the Liberian man who would become the only person to die from the disease in the U.S. underwent a battery of tests and was eventually sent home. Duncan's family provided his medical records to The...
  • Hacker Successfully Breached Healthcare.gov Insurance Website

    09/04/2014 2:20:13 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/4/2014 | Jason Howerton
    A hacker successfully breached Healthcare.gov in July and uploaded “malicious software,” MarketWatch reports, citing federal officials. However, investigators said consumers’ personal information doesn’t appear to have been compromised or stolen. In a written statement, the Department of Health and Human Services noted that its review shows that the hacked server “did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted.” The statement also claimed that measures have been taken to “further strengthen security.”
  • [IL] Confidential Records Left Behind After Mental Health Centers Closed

    05/30/2014 9:12:57 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 1 replies
    WBBM.COM ^ | 30 MAY 2014 | AP
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration closed three health facilities in 2012 but left behind tractors and a forklift, an unidentified medical specimen and boxes full of confidential patient and employee records, an audit released Thursday said. The Department of Human Services also failed to properly announce the closures — another state agency even delivered $1,000 worth of bread and juice to one facility a month after it closed, according to the report by Auditor General William Holland.
  • Federal ‘Biosurveillance’ Plan Seeking Direct Access to Americans’ Private Medical Records

    05/20/2014 5:53:16 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 25 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    The federal government is piecing together a sweeping national “biosurveillance” system that will give bureaucrats near real-time access to Americans’ private medical information in the name of national security, according to Twila Brase, a public health nurse and co-founder of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom. The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is currently seeking public comment on a 52-page draft of the proposed “National Health Security Strategy 2015-2018” (NHSS). The deadline for comment is 5 pm EST on May 21st. (See Draft National Health Security Strategy 2015-2018.pdf) “Health...
  • Patient privacy non-existent; Doctors required to provide all medical records to federal government

    02/13/2014 9:02:55 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/13/14 | Doug Book
    Over the past 2 decades, Republican and Democrat Administrations have joined forces to require the use by physicians and hospitals of government-certified, interoperable electronic medical records systems, or EMRs. These online record keeping systems will send personal patient information collected by all participating providers directly to the centralized Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, a newly created government agency whose job is making the medical records of the American people “inter-operable–” that is, instantly accessible to any “qualified” agency or agent. For example, if the patient of a New Jersey physician should become the victim of a...
  • Healthcare.gov Contractor (and Close Russian Ally) Belarus Built Malware RIGHT INTO Obamacare Code

    02/04/2014 3:28:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 04 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Remember when John McAfee warned us in November that anybody who signed up to the Obamacare site might have their bank account cleaned-out by hackers? The eccentric genius and former fugitive called the government website 'a hacker's wet dream', adding that there were 'NO safeguards' that would stop someone from starting a fake Obamacare website 'for a couple hundred dollars' that could 'empty your bank account' in hours.  McAfee added unambiguously that 'It's going to happen, and it's going to happen soon... nothing in the Obamacare system safeguards against this.'  And I thought he was just trying to sell...
  • Report Finds More Flaws in Digitizing Patient Files

    01/08/2014 6:56:33 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/8/2014 | Reed Abelson
    Although the federal government is spending more than $22 billion to encourage hospitals and doctors to adopt electronic health records, it has failed to put safeguards in place ... The report, released on Wednesday by the Office of the Inspector General for the Health and Human Services Department, is the second in two months to warn about flaws in the oversight of the ambitious federal program aimed at converting patient records from paper to electronic.
  • Don't Forget Obamacare's Electronic Medical Records Wreck

    10/23/2013 4:04:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a Philadelphia orthopedic surgeon, has a timely reminder for everyone encountering the federal health care exchange meltdown: "If you think signing up for Obamacare is a nightmare, ask your doctor how the EMR mandate is going." Bingo. The White House finally acknowledged the spectacular public disaster of Obamacare's Internet exchange infrastructure during Monday's Rose Garden infomercial. But President Shamwow and his sales team are AWOL on the bureaucratic ravages of the federal electronic medical records mandate. Modernized data collection is a worthy goal, of course. But distracted doctors are seeing "more pixels than patients," Dr. DiNubile observes,...
  • The Electronic-Medical-Records Wreck - Doctors have their own Obamacare nightmare to deal with.

    10/23/2013 5:00:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 23, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    <p>Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a Philadelphia orthopedic surgeon, has a timely reminder for everyone encountering the federal health-care-exchange meltdown: “If you think signing up for Obamacare is a nightmare, ask your doctor how the EMR mandate is going.”</p> <p>Bingo.</p> <p>The White House finally acknowledged the spectacular public disaster of Obamacare’s Internet exchange infrastructure during Monday’s Rose Garden infomercial. But President ShamWow and his sales team are AWOL on the bureaucratic ravages of the federal electronic-medical-records mandate.</p>
  • (Massive) Privacy Breaches in VA Health Records Wound Veterans

    10/12/2013 8:38:22 PM PDT · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, October 12, 2013 | Carl Prine
    Karen Santoro heard co-workers chattering about her psychological care in 2010. An Air Force veteran and surgical services scheduler at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh hospital in Oakland, Santoro asked officials with the VA and the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the source of the gossip. It seemed to violate the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, that prohibits release of medical information. SNIP A two-month Tribune-Review investigation found VA workers or contractors committed 14,215 privacy violations at 167 facilities from 2010 through May 31, victimizing at least 101,018 veterans and 551 VA employees. Photos...