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Quest Diagnostics’ Major Data Breach: Quest Diagnostics Inc., a major medical laboratory operator, was hacked on November 26. The breach left 34,000 patient files unprotected, exposing their protected health information. Quest notified those who had their names, birth dates, lab results, and telephone numbers open to the hack. The company is currently investigating the third-party intrusion and has found no individuals’ information has been used in any way.

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What the 21st Century Cures Act Means For Health IT: On December 13, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. While it’s been primarily billed for research precision medicine and life-saving drugs for rare diseases, health IT also has lawmakers’ attention. The legislation also includes changes in the healthcare industry pertaining to big data analytics, interoperability, patient safety, public health, and health IT regulation.

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IBM Works With Rice University On Robot To Aid Elderly: The Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot is in the prototype stage, but IBM hopes this cognitive computing will transform elderly care. The application is designed to help the elderly, their caregivers, and work with Sole Cooperativa to assist senior housing groups monitor residents’ everyday activities.

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Carequality-CommonWell Form Important Alliance: Together, these two organizations cover 90 percent of hospital electronic health records and 60 percent of physicians, but doctors were unable to send information between the two systems. Thanks to the new collaboration efforts, the two will produce greater interoperability of health information — improving patient care and access.  

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Telemedicine Is As Effective As In-Person Treatment Depression: A new study shows treating depression with psychotherapy via videoconferencing is a positive alternative to in-person visits. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry recently published the study done at the Medical University of South Carolina where they analyzed the impact of telepsychology and same-room care to the elderly patients with depression. Researchers found no key differences in patient satisfaction or quality of care between virtual and in-person care.

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