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Sep 23, 2016

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How Should Companies Handle Data From Employees’ Wearable Devices?

Wearable electronics, like the Fitbits and Apple Watches sported by runners and early adopters, are fast becoming on-the-job gear. These devices offer employers new ways to measure productivity and safety, and allow insurers to track workers’ health indicators and habits. For employers, the...

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Sharing personal health information can never be risk-free, but it can be low-risk

The growing use of electronic medical records, electronic insurance claims, and other medical software systems is generating massive volumes of personal health information. While the primary purpose of capturing this information is to provide patient care, researchers have a voracious appetite for...

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Sep 2, 2016

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Emily S

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The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac's nightmare and Big Pharma's dream

WebMD is the most popular source of health information in the US, and is likely to dominate your Google search results for almost any medical question you have. According to its editorial policy, WebMD promises to empower patients and health professionals with "objective, trustworthy, and accurate...

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Aug 12, 2016

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Emily S

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Forget cops. Should doctors and teachers wear body cameras?

Body cameras have become the solution of the day for stomping out discriminatory behavior against minorities by police officers. Cameras provide a neutral record of events, so we have a better idea what happened during an encounter. Some research even suggests that the presence of body cameras...

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Jul 20, 2016

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Electronic Records Offer A Chance To Ensure Patients’ End-Of-Life Plans Aren’t Lost In Critical Moments

In a perfect world, patients with advance directives would be confident that their doctors and nurses — no matter where they receive care — could know in a split second their end-of-life wishes.  But this ideal is still in the distance. Patients’ documents often go missing in maze-like files or are...

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Jul 1, 2016

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Emily S

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How can hospitals improve patient satisfaction? By engaging their employees

For years, hospitals earned high (or low) ratings based almost entirely on the medical care they delivered. That’s changed, thanks to formal tools like the national Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey and reviews posted on Yelpand social media. Today, providing a...

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Doctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews — and reveal patients’ information online

Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients’ privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism.  In the course of these arguments -- which have spilled out publicly on ratings sites like Yelp — doctors, dentists, chiropractors and...

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May 27, 2016

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Emily S

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See That Billboard? It May See You, Too

Pass a billboard while driving in the next few months, and there is a good chance the company that owns it will know you were there and what you did afterward.  Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which has tens of thousands of billboards across the United States, will announce on Monday that it has...

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Apr 29, 2016

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Tech Execs See Consumers Drawing the Line on Privacy With Health

Consumers have willingly traded some of their personal details for access to social sites like Google or Facebook, and suffer an occasional ad as a result. But once that sharing gets too personal, as with health-care information, it could prompt people to retreat behind a wall of privacy, according...

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Apr 22, 2016

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15 Ways Cops Use Your Favorite Social Media Platforms

It’s not just your new media pals and ranting uncles constantly scouring social media – a 2014 Lexis-Nexis study reports that 81% of all U.S. law enforcement professionals actively use social media in investigations. From collecting evidence to identifying the whereabouts of criminals, cops around...

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