NIH: The “PROMIS” of Computer-Based Medical Records

NIH: The “PROMIS” of Computer-Based Medical Records. “The National Library of Medicine recently acquired the Patient/Problem Oriented Medical Record System Archives, a collection of materials related to the development of an early computer system for organizing patient data and diagnostic decision-making. Jan Schultz generously contributed archival materials from his work with Dr. Larry Weed at the PROMIS lab at the University of Vermont. NLM archivist John Rees asked Jan Schultz about his perspective on the early history of electronic medical records.”

Threatpost: MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records

Threatpost: MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records. “MedicareSupplement.com is a U.S.-based marketing site that allows users to find supplemental medical insurance available in their area. Researchers on Thursday said that they found a publicly-available MongoDB database on May 13 that had been online for several days. The exposed data appeared to be part of the website’s marketing leads database and did not have a password or any authentication protecting it.”

The Next Web: Healthcare has a massive cybersecurity problem, and we’re not doing enough to fix it.

The Next Web: Healthcare has a massive cybersecurity problem, and we’re not doing enough to fix it.. “Not long ago, it was reasonable to think that financial businesses would be the most prominent and most profitable targets of criminal activity. After all, a successful bank robbery could score you tens of thousands of dollars (or more). But these days, it’s another industry facing the brunt of criminal attacks, and it’s one with much more bearing on us as consumers: healthcare.”

ZDNet: Microsoft is closing its HealthVault patient-records service on November 20

ZDNet: Microsoft is closing its HealthVault patient-records service on November 20. “Microsoft is dropping its HealthVault patient records-management service, the company notified customers via email today, April 5. The service will be shut down on November 20 and any data residing in the service will be deleted after that date.”

University of Washington: Data error exposes patient information

University of Washington Medicine: Data error exposes patient information. “On Dec. 26, 2018, UW Medicine became aware of a vulnerability on a website server that made protected internal files available and visible by search on the internet on Dec. 4, 2018. The files contained protected health information (PHI) about reporting that UW Medicine is legally required to track, such as reporting to various regulatory bodies, in compliance with Washington state reporting requirements…. The files contained patients’ names, medical record numbers, and a description and purpose of the information. The files did not contain any medical records, patient financial information or Social Security numbers.”

Baylor College of Medicine: Plan would make electronic health records more usable

Baylor College of Medicine: Plan would make electronic health records more usable. “Over the past decade both clinicians and researchers have increasingly discovered that electronic health records are not always user friendly and may result in unintended consequences that compromise patient safety. In a recently published paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and their collaborators suggest a five-point action plan to improve the usability and safety of health information technology moving forward.”

Scope Stanford: New algorithm could accelerate diagnosis of genetic diseases using clinical records

Scope Stanford: New algorithm could accelerate diagnosis of genetic diseases using clinical records. “In a continued effort to speed up the diagnostic process of severe genetic diseases, Stanford’s Gill Bejerano, PhD, and his colleagues have developed a new algorithm that can quickly locate important disease-related information within a patient’s medical record.”