VA shares electronic health records

VA shares electronic health records

If you plan on receiving care in the U.S. from VA and/or a participating community care provider, then you need to opt out by submitting VA Form 10-10164 if you do not want to share your health information.

The New AI Toilets Will Scan Your Poop To Diagnose Your Ailments

The New AI Toilets Will Scan Your Poop To Diagnose Your Ailments

A company called Micron is developing a smart artificial intelligence-powered toilet that will reportedly be able to diagnose your state of health and risk of disease by analyzing your bodily waste.“Imagine smart toilets in the future that will be analyzing human waste in real-time every day.

Veterans Affairs To Share Veterans’ Health Information Without Consent

Veterans Affairs To Share Veterans’ Health Information Without Consent

Thanks to the VA MISSION Act, VA will now automatically enroll, or opt-in, all veterans into a health information sharing system with numerous government agencies and private organizations after September 30, 2019, unless you object in writing on a paper form.

Opinion | This Article Is Spying on You

Opinion | This Article Is Spying on You

And because news organizations benefit from the surveillance economy by running advertisements targeted to reader interests, they may be less likely to report on their own tracking practices.During each page load the software kept track of data transfers made to outside companies and generated a summary of what happened.

Everything You Need to Know About the Internet of Nano Things

Everything You Need to Know About the Internet of Nano Things

With the help of Internet of Nano Things, nanodevices can collect large volumes of critical data that can be analyzed to gain informative business insights.Internet of nano things can be used to develop a Body Sensor Network (BSN) using in-body nanosensors that can monitor any patient’s health and biological activity.

When Apps Get Your Medical Data, Your Privacy May Go With It

When Apps Get Your Medical Data, Your Privacy May Go With It

Federal privacy protections, which limit how health providers and insurers may use and share medical records, no longer apply once patients transfer their data to consumer apps.

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

The Plan to Use Fitbit Data to Stop Mass Shootings Is One of the Scariest Proposals Yet

Aside from assuming a strong link between mental illness and violence, this kind of surveillance creates mistrust in the system, forcing people with mental health issues to consider whether getting help could put them on a federal watch list.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services Reports Data Security Breach

Presbyterian Healthcare Services Reports Data Security Breach

Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) issued a statement on its website acknowledging a data security incident from early May that affected more than 180,000 patients.

Why Your Health Startup Should Prioritize Privacy And Data Security

Why Your Health Startup Should Prioritize Privacy And Data Security

Companies that prioritize being HITRUST-certified, put their users before monetization strategy or revenue, and invest in clinical, evidence-based research will go the distance and, most importantly, help the most people.

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Under the country’s national health program — Live Healthy SG, hundreds of thousands of Singapore residents will soon be able to register to get a free Fitbit Inspire HR.On top of that, Singaporeans will have to agree to share whatever data the Fitbit collects with the country’s health board.

Physician’s personal email hacked; medical records of 7,000 patients potentially compromised

Physician’s personal email hacked; medical records of 7,000 patients potentially compromised

According to the report, a physician working at Calgary’s Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre said that his personal Gmail account, which he used to transmit health information, has been hacked.“This breach is unacceptable and should never have occurred and we are certainly apologizing to our patients whose privacy may have been breached,” said Dr. Ted Braun, AHS vice president and medical director for central and southern Alberta.

NY Governor Suggests Creating A Database Of People With Mental Illness

NY Governor Suggests Creating A Database Of People With Mental Illness

“Four elements: an assault weapon ban and high capacity magazines, universal background check, mental health database, Red Flag laws.The assault-weapon ban, the mental health database, and universal background checks have been the law in The Empire State for six years, according to North Country Public Radio.

Your employer has more intimate data on you than Amazon, Apple or Facebook

Your employer has more intimate data on you than Amazon, Apple or Facebook

Those include location tracking through a company-issued phone’s GPS or an employee ID badge, communication monitoring through email monitoring, Slack messages WORK, +1.13% or keystroke logging, and wellness programs that track health data, including sleep patterns.

“Anonymous” Data Won’t Protect Your Identity

“Anonymous” Data Won’t Protect Your Identity

In the past several years, Montjoye and other researchers have published studies that reidentified individuals from sets such as anonymized shopping data or health records.

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Libberton added, “It’s not just about the chip, but integration with other systems and data sharing.”. “The chip is very convenient, so could we accept our data being shared very widely before we know the risks?”.

UChicago and Google Sued in Federal Class Action Suit for Data Sharing

UChicago and Google Sued in Federal Class Action Suit for Data Sharing

The class action lawsuit, filed by Matt Dinerstein in the Northern District of Illinois on Wednesday, claims that UChicago violated federal law protecting patient privacy in its partnership with Google to share records of patients from 2009 to 2016.

Should We Give Google Our Health Care Data?

Should We Give Google Our Health Care Data?

There is still the team of experts, but to do anything useful, they need to acquire vast amounts of real-world data to train their models.

Google and University of Chicago sued over patient records

Google and University of Chicago sued over patient records

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in US District Court for Northern Illinois, accuses the hospital of sharing hundreds of thousands of patient records with the tech giant without removing date stamps and doctor's notes. "The University of Chicago Medical Center has complied with the laws and regulations applicable to patient privacy," a University of Chicago spokesman said.

Ron Paul Warns: Medical IDs Are The Enemy Of Privacy, Liberty, & Health

Ron Paul Warns: Medical IDs Are The Enemy Of Privacy, Liberty, & Health

A unique patient identifier would allow federal bureaucrats and government-favored special interests to access health information simply by entering an individual’s unique patient ID into a database.

Researchers Turn to Amazon and Google For Bedroom Health Surveillance

Researchers Turn to Amazon and Google For Bedroom Health Surveillance

A new press release from the University of Washington highlights how researchers are aiming to leverage the growth of in-home smart tech devices to not only detect adverse health events but trigger calls for professional assistance.

Banner Health Network Cyberattack Affects 3.7 Million Individuals

Banner Health Network Cyberattack Affects 3.7 Million Individuals

Attackers were discovered to have gained access to the computer system used to process card payments at some of the food and beverage outlets in Banner Health hospitals in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

Only 13% of UK adults trust big tech firms with handling anonymized NHS data

“There’s little doubt that new technologies will play a part in delivering care in future, and the results from this study confirm that most people support the use of anonymised patient data for medical research purposes,” said Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association.

Is Apple really a privacy-first company?

Is Apple really a privacy-first company?

Cook said Sign In With Apple differs from Google or Facebook in that it gives users the option to scramble their email address to prevent a third party from stealing it; notably, Facebook and Google generally share user data with their sign-in tools, as they make money primarily from advertising.

Comcast is reportedly developing a device that would track your bathroom habits

Comcast is reportedly developing a device that would track your bathroom habits

It’s said that Comcast aims to offer the device and a companion health tracking service to “at-risk people, including seniors and people with disabilities.” The company is also in discussions with hospitals about potentially “using the device to ensure that patients don’t end up back in the hospital after they’ve been discharged.” Your ISP, doctors, and insurers all having a direct, unfettered view into your day-to-day vitals?

Comcast is working on an in-home device to track people's health

Comcast is working on an in-home device to track people's health

It will start to experiment with pilots, which are not limited to Comcast customers, by the end of 2019, with potential commercial release in 2020.Unlike most home speakers, the device won't be positioned as a communications or assistant tool, and won't be able to do things like search the web or turn lights on and off.

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

Facebook’s announces creepy new “Movement Maps” to give selected partners real-time snapshots of users’ movements

The percentage of users that are not comfortable with this data collection is likely to be significantly higher than 51% considering it’s much more invasive than compiling a list of interests and involves sharing aggregated real-time snapshots of their movements with third-parties.

Hospitals Failing on Security Hygiene

Hospitals Failing on Security Hygiene

Healthcare organizations (HCOs) are increasingly at risk from legacy operating systems, device complexity and the use of commonly exploited protocols, according to a new study from Forescout.

“Users want control” is a shoulder shrug

“Users want control” is a shoulder shrug

If the person wants to determine their own path, if having choice is itself a personal goal , then you need control. People don’t want to lose their data, but having personal control over your data is a great way to lose it, or even to lose control over it.

Smoking, depression apps sell your data to Google and Facebook, study finds

Smoking, depression apps sell your data to Google and Facebook, study finds

For example, Torous said, mental health apps developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs clearly say that user data isn’t transmitted elsewhere. “Certainly if you’re sharing a lot of information about your mental health, and the app is not actually helping you, why put yourself at risk?” Torous said.

The Internet Is Sick, And Blockchain May Be The Cure

The Internet Is Sick, And Blockchain May Be The Cure

The only reason state entities and tech giants can spy, shut off our Internet, and use our personal information seemingly at will is due to us being forced to trust them. Blockchain provides us with the cure the Internet needs.