Employers Track Women’s Health Data with Pregnancy Apps

A smartphone app that simultaneously markets itself to women (as a fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum health tracker) and to employers (as a tool that can track employee health and wellness while lowering their healthcare costs) has drawn criticism from privacy advocates about the sensitivity of the data it shares and aggregates.

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Malware Attack Successfully Alters Radiology Scans, Resulting in Misdiagnoses

For this blind study, trained and experienced radiologists diagnosed cancer 99 percent of the time on scans with fabricated cancerous nodules. And in cases where the malware removed real cancerous nodules from scans, the radiologists said those patients were healthy 94 percent of the time.

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Hospital Employees Fired for Improperly Viewing Smollett Medical Records

A nurse told a local news outlet that she was one of several healthcare workers fired for allegedly improperly viewing the medical records of a high-profile patient, but she says that she did not intentionally seek out the record and simply scrolled by his name while searching for another record.

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Cybersecurity Tops List of Health Technology Hazards

The 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report from the ECRI Institute points to cybersecurity threats as the top technology concern facing the healthcare industry this year.

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Workplace Wellness Programs Prompt Health Privacy Concerns

Individuals participating in employer-sponsored wellness programs frequently are giving their employers access to their health data, via fitness trackers, under the assumption that they are doing so with HIPAA protections in place. But privacy experts worry that wellness data will be used against employees.

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Public-Private Cyberworkforce Exchange

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the “Cyber Security Exchange Act” on Monday, aimed at bringing more cybersecurity experts to the federal workforce.

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