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January 23, 2013
Jennifer Chevinksy, B.S.
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has recently denounced the actions of neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez who publicly commented on the health status of boxer and politician, Manny Pacquiao.…
January 11, 2013
On November 26, 2012, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the Department of Health and Human Services released new Guidance on De-identification of Protected Health Information. The new Guidance provides covered entities—defined as certain healt...
September 1, 2012
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March 5, 2009
As reported on CNET, Google is now allowing its users of its online health record service, Google Health, to share their health records with each other.…
January 16, 2009
According to a recent New York Times article, “health privacy isn’t an issue when you are a legend.” The article, discussing the recent health disclosures, rumormongering, and volatile stock prices at Apple, due to Steve Jobs’ health claims that privacy isn’t a luxury that Mr.…
September 26, 2008
In the latest issue of the American Journal of Bioethics, Malm et al. address the question of whether physicians have a duty to treat during a public health emergency or whether the duty to heal ends where the epidemic beings.…
May 28, 2008
Many have hailed the passage of the Genetic Information Nondescrimination Act as a major policy advance. And while there are certainly people who will benefit from the protections included in the law, Emory’s Ani B.…
April 3, 2008
Popular Mechanics recently ranked what are, in its opinion, the 10 most prophetic sci-fi movies ever. Number 1? The genetics-focused drama Gattaca.…
December 20, 2007
To go in for surgery is to become vulnerable. We’re put under anesthesia and, in some cases, literally opened up for others to see.…
October 12, 2007
Back in August Art wrote about company health plans that offer discounts for healthy behavior. He criticized the idea for being an invasion of privacy and added:
The emerging movement toward corporate health fascism is no friend to the chubby and wheezy among us.…
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March 22, 2013 5:25 pm
A Missouri college’s comprehensive drug-testing plan for students will stay on hold after a federal judge extended a temporary restraining order.
March 20, 2013 12:26 pm
CVS Caremark has put its employees on notice that they need to reveal their weight or pay a monthly $50 penalty.
March 13, 2013 2:18 pm
Just days after news broke that Harvard administrators had secretly searched the email accounts of 16 resident deans, professors said the University may have overstepped its bound, calling its own policies into question.
January 30, 2013 4:28 pm
The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation to require mental health professionals to report patients who make verbal or physical threats of suicide or serious violence. Dr. Paul Appelbaum, past president of the American Psychiatric Association, said such efforts strip away the discretion of mental health professionals to decide the best course of action after hearing a troubling statement from a patient.
January 30, 2013 3:19 pm
Using public websites, a team has uncovered the names of supposedly anonymous people who had their DNA analyzed for research purposes. ‘Nobody can promise privacy,’ one expert says.
January 24, 2013 1:13 pm
The Transportation Security Administration says the scanners that used a low-dose X-ray will be gone by June because the company that makes them can’t fix the privacy issues. The other airport body scanners, which produce a generic outline instead of a naked image, are staying.
January 23, 2013 4:55 pm
Addressing 15 years of digital advances in health record information, the Department of Health and Human Services released stronger rules and protections governing patient privacy last week. The long-awaited rules enhance the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which governs health records and patient information.
January 18, 2013 11:33 am
A public school district in Texas can require students to wear locator chips when they are on school property, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday in a case raising technology-driven privacy concerns among liberal and conservative groups alike.
January 18, 2013 11:30 am
Genetic information stored anonymously in databases doesn’t always stay that way, a new study revealed, raising concern about how much privacy participants in research projects can expect in the Internet era.
December 10, 2012 6:57 pm
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