Tag Archives: information

Sharing medical information between EHRs: 4 different approaches

The current COVID pandemic has brought into stark contrast the woeful state of medical data collection and data sharing in the United States. It has been a central goal of Health and Human Services (HHS) to at first encourage and later mandate sharing clinical data across multiple electronic health records. Unfortunately, progress has been slow… Read More »

Texas man who sold protected health information sentenced to prison

A McKinney, Texas, man who was accused of stealing protected health information was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison this week. According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release, 46-year-old Demetrius Cervantes pleaded guilty this past December to conspiracy to obtain information from a protected computer.    WHY IT MATTERS As outlined in… Read More »

Federal health agencies block journalists’ access to COVID-19 experts & information

It is a form of censorship.  Journalists trying to cover COVID-19 are not allowed to talk with many federal health researchers or administrators without checking in first with government “public information officers” or PIOs. Sometimes the request is denied outright. Oftentimes, if a reporter is granted an interview, a PIO insists on sitting in on… Read More »

Medical News Today: Online information about probiotics often misleading

As probiotics grow in popularity, a recent study investigates the reliability of online information. They find that the majority of “top” websites provide information that lacks scientific evidence. As scientists have become increasingly interested in the role of gut bacteria, so have the public. In parallel with the microbiome’s rise to fame, probiotics have grown… Read More »