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After hospitals experience a data breach, more patients might die of heart attacks, study shows

December 9, 2019


Hospitals that have experienced a data breach might see their cardiovascular-related death rates rise following the incidentand the culprit driving the increase might be stronger cybersecurity controls, according to a study recently published in Health Services Research.

Hackers are holding patient data for ransom at 100+ nursing, acute care facilities

December 3, 2019


More than 100 nursing homes and acute care facilities across 45 states are unable to access patient records and other web-based services because of a ransomware attack against a Wisconsin-based technology vendor.

Google almost released 100,000+ chest X-rays. Then it discovered a big problem.

November 25, 2019


Two days before Google was set to publicly share over 100,000 images of chest X-rays obtained under a partnership with NIH, the federal health agency called Google and informed company researchers that some of the images included personal health data—leading Google to promptly cancel the project.

Ascension is sharing millions of patient records with Google. Here's why.

November 13, 2019


Google and Ascension, the second-largest U.S. health system, on Monday announced a joint project to analyze the health data of millions of patients—and the news drew attention from lawmakers and regulators, with HHS' Office for Civil Rights announcing a federal inquiry into the project over potential HIPAA concerns.

A detective was granted a warrant to search a private DNA database. Is your genetic privacy at risk?

November 11, 2019


A Florida detective at a recent police conference announced that a judge had approved a warrant to search the genetic profiles of almost one million users on the genetic database GEDmatch—news that alarms privacy advocates, who fear that warrants like this could lead to all genetic databases becoming open to law enforcement.

Millions of patients' health images are available to 'anyone with basic computer expertise'

September 19, 2019


The medical images and health data of more than five million patients are stored on insecure computer systems that are accessible to "anyone with basic computer expertise," according to ProPublica.

Mayo Clinic + Google: The new 10-year plan to 'redefine how health care is delivered'

September 11, 2019


Mayo Clinic on Tuesday announced a 10-year strategic partnership with Google to develop new artificial intelligence technologies—and their plan includes a new Google office located in Mayo's hometown of Rochester, Minnesota.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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