Still trying to figure out how to corral — and carry — your basic medical information and records?IPhone-toting patients within the Methodist Health System now have an app for that, and it's already installed on their devices.Methodist is one of 39 health systems in the United States that have worked with Apple to offer patients access to health information through the Apple Health app that comes installed on iPhones. Currently, Methodist is the only health system in Nebraska and Iowa to offer the capability. But Dr. Greg Hutteger, the health system's chief medical information officer, said he envisions that other health systems eventually will join, giving patients the ability to tap into information from other hospitals and clinics. "This is something I think can be a game-changer," Hutteger said. "Nobody will not have their health data on their phones." Many health systems, including Methodist, already have websites patients can log into to check records, … [Read more...] about Methodist teams with Apple to offer patients their medical records on the go
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LifeBridge Health patients will now be able to see all of their medical records on their iPhones because of an upgrade Apple made to it’s health app under the new operating system released Thursday.“Now your patients can aggregate their health records from multiple institutions alongside their patient-generated data, creating a more holistic view of their health,” according to an online description of the new app feature.Apple hopes the information will be able to give people a better understanding of their health and allow them to take more control of it.The upgrade means iPhone users will no longer have to log on to the websites of several doctors or hospitals to view their medical information. Users also can choose to receive notifications when their information is updated. The sensitive data will be encrypted and protected with iPhone passwords.LifeBridge Health, the parent of Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and others in the region, joins Johns Hopkins Medicine and … [Read more...] about Lifebridge patients can now see medical records on Apple Health app
Last Updated Apr 13, 2010 3:38 PM EDT PositiveID (PSID), the microchip implant company formerly known as VeriChip, has added a new wrinkle to its business model that is bound to be controversial: Its Health Link electronic medical record service* is being sold "on a paid subscription basis" in a pilot scheme targeted at ship, dock and maritime workers. Health Link provides access to a patient's online medical records. It can be used with an implanted microchip and linked to Microsoft (MSFT)'s HealthVault and Google (GOOG) Health. The company's press release is slim on details, but it suggests that either ship workers' employers or the employees themselves will be charged a monthly fee to keep the service activated. In effect, PositiveID will hold workers' online health records to ransom: One assumes that if the monthly fee is not paid, access will not be granted. (Why else would anyone feel obligated to pay?) The company said: Upon successful completion and review of the pilot … [Read more...] about Your Medical Records: Soon to be Held for Ransom by a Chip-Implant Maker
Last Updated Aug 9, 2010 1:04 AM EDT Amgen (AMGN) has been accused by at least three different people of unlawfully trawling through patients' medical records for people who may be suitable for its rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis drug Enbrel. It is against federal law for non-medical employees to access patient medical records, a fact that Amgen's management was surely aware of. Yet two of those accusers, former Amgen drug sales reps, say that looking through doctors' files for new patients was part of the company's marketing strategy. If true, there's a fairly simple management lesson here: Make sure your marketing strategy isn't dependent on violations of federal law. The company's alleged violations of patient privacy have also been the subject of federal subpoenas and a grand jury investigation, according to page 17 of this SEC disclosure. Two former Amgen sales reps, Elena Ferrante and Marc Engelman, have both filed lawsuits against the company claiming they were asked to look … [Read more...] about Are Amgen Sales Reps Looking At Your Medical Records?
Last Updated Dec 8, 2010 6:52 PM EST Kos Pharmaceuticals -- now a unit of Abbott Labs (ABT) -- gave kickbacks to doctors for "chart pull" sessions, in which doctors' assistants went through confidential medical records looking for patients who could be switched to Abbott's Niaspan anti-cholesterol drug, according to court documents in a $41 million settlement the Department of Justice announced yesterday. Drug companies gaining illicit access to private medical records is a sinister trend in pharmaceutical marketing: Amgen has been accused three times of doing the same thing. Gaining access to patients' data wihout their consent is a violation of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. But it appears that the goldmine that patients' records represent to drug companies was too much of a temptation for Abbott's Kos sales force in Louisiana. According to one of the complaints behind the settlement, sales executives at Kos paid a doctor to go through 202 … [Read more...] about Abbott Sales Reps Accused of Rifling Through Patients’ Medical Records
Last Updated Apr 26, 2011 7:57 PM EDT arguments over whether drug companies have a right to buy prescription drug data from pharmacies on April 26. The case, Sorrell v. IMS Health, is about a Vermont law that bans prescription "data mining" -- the practice of pharmacies selling their dispensing data to drug companies, who then use it as market research. The law was passed because the state believed drug companies used the data to manipulate doctors' prescribing habits in favor of more expensive treatments, which taxpayers ended up paying for. The law had the collateral benefit of handicapping drug companies' ability to identify individual patients from the circumstantial evidence of their prescriptions, their doctors, and their locations. Unsurprisingly, the drug industry lobby group PhRMA filed a brief arguing that the law is unconstitutional because it "discriminates against pharmaceutical manufacturers based on content and viewpoint." (The "content" being Rx data and the … [Read more...] about Why Do Bloomberg and AP Want to Look at Your Medical Records?
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson Wednesday laid out a 10-year road map aimed at bringing medical record keeping into the 21st Century. One goal is to provide secure electronic access to patient records so that physicians, regardless of where they're located, can quickly get information they need to treat patients. "America needs to move much faster to adopt information technology in our health care system. Electronic health information will provide a quantum leap in patient power, doctor power, and effective health care. We can't wait any longer," Thompson said in a statement. Thompson's remarks coincide with a report released Wednesday prepared by David J. Brailer, the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The plan calls for an electronic health record system that would "enable physicians and other health professionals to electronically tap into a wealth of treatment information as they care for patient." One of the steps will be to create an … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Taking Your Medical Data With You
google.com/health.The service allows users to create an online profile that includes information about any medical conditions, test results, procedures, immunizations and medications. You're also asked to enter in your height, weight, blood type and race. With this information, the service, in theory, could offer you tailored medical information as well as serving as a central hub storing your medical records.Eventually the goal is for users to be able to import their health information from the secure websites of care providers. To that end, Google already has arrangements with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the Cleveland Clinic as well the online pharmacies from Longs Drugs, Walgreens, RXAmerica and Medco. A relationship with Quest Diagnostics allows users of its services to import their lab tests. Google also has a link to the American Heart Association's heart attack risk assessment site so that you can get your customized risk assessment without having to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Google’s New Project: Your Health Records
Last Updated Aug 4, 2011 12:23 PM EDT American Hospital Association, a lobbying group for hospitals, is urging the Obama Administration not to enforce a rule that requires healthcare providers to tell patients who has accessed their medical records. Although the AHA claims it doesn't want to add a new layer of bureaucracy in hospital management, nixing the rule would also keep patients in the dark about how easily accessed their "private" medical records are. Most of us imagine our medical records sitting unseen in a locked filing cabinet, only being read when the doctor herself needs to examine us. But under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, telemarketers, debt collection agencies, the Social Security Administration and your boss all have access to some or all of your medical information under certain circumstances. Worse, electronic medical records in the databases of large institutions like hospitals are often open to any employee who has a … [Read more...] about Why Hospitals Don’t Want You to Know Who Looks at Your Medical Records
A JUNIOR doctor who reportedly looked up celebrities' private medical records was found dead after injecting himself with hospital painkillers, an inquest has heard. Dr Julien Warshafsky, a trainee anaesthetist, would steal painkillers to self-medicate himself for depression, the coroner was told. The 31-year-old referred himself to the General Medical Council after being caught stealing the narcotic in 2013. He was on sick leave in 2016 when he was found dead on his bed in Woking, Surrey, by his wife Mariana. The inquest heard a colleague of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Foundation Trust, had sent an anonymous email in December 2014 alleging he was still stealing the drug and accessing celebrities’ medical records - although it is not known which celebrities. Surrey coroner Karen Henderson halted the inquest into his death so the GMC could be represented after it was alleged they did not respond when Dr Warshafsky referred himself. Assistant coroner Ms Henderson … [Read more...] about Junior doctor ‘who looked at celebrities’ secret medical records’ found dead after injecting himself with hospital painkillers