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Protecting Patient Privacy: HIPAA Compliance in the Electronic Age

Protecting Patient Privacy: HIPAA Compliance in the Electronic Age

The complexities of today's high-tech methods of communication, data sharing, and data storage lay practices open to unforeseen and constantly changing threats, requiring vigilance and training of medical staff.

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Protecting Patient Privacy: HIPAA Compliance in the Electronic Age

Protecting Patient Privacy: HIPAA Compliance in the Electronic Age

The complexities of today's high-tech methods of communication, data sharing, and data storage lay practices open to unforeseen and constantly changing threats, requiring vigilance and training of medical staff.

In the Spotlight: How Racism Affects the Healthcare Workforce

In the Spotlight: How Racism Affects the Healthcare Workforce

Racism is embedded in all US institutions, including medicine — so what steps are being taken to improve the well-being of the healthcare workforce?

Banding Together: How Some Physicians Are Fighting the MOC Program

Banding Together: How Some Physicians Are Fighting the MOC Program

A group of physicians has banded together to file a class-action lawsuit against the American Board of Internal Medicine and the organization's monopolization on the process of board certification.

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Physicians

Addressing Workplace Violence Against Physicians

Once revered and idolized by society and patients, physicians are increasingly being subjected to verbal and physical violence at work.

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

Navigating Social Media Issues in Medical Practice: An Expert Interview

Issues that affect employees in all industries are compounded by a unique set of additional concerns that affect employees of medical practices.

Enrolling the Uninsured in Clinical Trials: Is it Ethical?

Enrolling the Uninsured in Clinical Trials: Is it Ethical?

Until universal access to healthcare is ensured as a human right, researchers must keep important ethical concerns in mind when designing future clinical trials.

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

The reasons for physicians' discomfort with conversations about dying are as much cultural, social, and systemic as they are personal.

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Should Physicians Treat Family and Friends? Three Experts Weigh In

Although all of the guidelines acknowledge that there are emergent situations in which providing care for a family member or friend is not only permissible but also essential, other situations are frowned upon.

What a Building Contractor Taught Me About Informed Consent

What a Building Contractor Taught Me About Informed Consent

Identifying a patient's preferences and goals leads to a care plan that can reflect those goals, and this may improve patient satisfaction.

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

Under the Microscope: Medicine's #MeToo Moment

No single solution to address sexual harassment in medicine exists, but physicians of all genders must come together to make progress.

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Machine Learning Algorithm May Guide Therapy in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Machine Learning Algorithm May Guide Therapy in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Machine learning algorithms using large datasets may be utilized to accurately estimate prognosis and guide therapy for patients with adult congenital heart disease.

In Aiming to Prevent Suicide, Facebook Faces Criticism From Public Health Sector

In Aiming to Prevent Suicide, Facebook Faces Criticism From Public Health Sector

Facebook's recent suicide prevention efforts have sparked debate in the public health community.

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry

The FDA has announced a new plan to significantly modernize the regulation and oversight of dietary supplements.

Identifying Ways to Increase Trust in the Patient-Physician Relationship

Identifying Ways to Increase Trust in the Patient-Physician Relationship

Patient-physician relationships have been unintentionally deprioritized in current clinical practice.

Pathologists Develop Real-Time Report to Track In-Hospital Influenza Cases

Pathologists Develop Real-Time Report to Track In-Hospital Influenza Cases

Research pathologists have developed and implemented a real-time Internet report to track influenza cases across hospital settings.

Misconceptions About Heart Disease Widespread in the United States

Misconceptions About Heart Disease Widespread in the United States

Many people in the United States don't know that heart disease is the leading cause of death.

Should Mental Health Screenings for Physicians Be Standard Procedure?

Should Mental Health Screenings for Physicians Be Standard Procedure?

The suicide rate among physicians far exceeds that of the general population.

New Patient Wait Times at VA Medical Centers Improved Between 2014 and 2017

New Patient Wait Times at VA Medical Centers Improved Between 2014 and 2017

Compared with wait times at VA health centers, wait times in the private sector remained static.

AHA Online Opioid Education Course For Practitioners Now Available

AHA Online Opioid Education Course For Practitioners Now Available

The American Heart Association launched in December 2018 a 30 minute-long online course titled "Opioid Education for Healthcare Providers."

Limited Psychological Harms Associated With Genetic Testing for CVD

Limited Psychological Harms Associated With Genetic Testing for CVD

Genetic testing for cancer, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases presents a low psychological burden in patients and should be considered.

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