Hot Topics: Privacy

Blog Posts (16)

April 29, 2015

Why Doctors Should Audio Record Patient Encounters

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In Dave Eggers’ novel, The Circle, a behemoth tech company makes it popular for people to wear cameras and to live broadcast every minute of their lives (except for time in the bathroom).…

April 21, 2015

Figure 1: Global Medical Education and Collaboration in Real Time

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

When I was teaching in medical schools I recall a case where a student was reprimanded for breaking patient confidentiality by uploading a picture of surgery to his Facebook profile.…

March 16, 2015

Should Medical Staff ‘Google’ Patients?

Note: The Bioethics Program blog will be moving to its new home on April 1, 2015. Be sure to change your bookmarks to http://bioethics.uniongraduatecollege.edu/blog/   by Brandon Hamm, Bioethics Program Alum (MSBioethics 2012) On several occasions, a new admission or psychiatric consultation has been accompanied by patient information that was “googled” by nursing or consulting practitioners. On some […]
March 12, 2015

Caveat Scholasticus

Note: The Bioethics Program blog will be moving to its new home on April 1, 2015. Be sure to change your bookmarks to http://bioethics.uniongraduatecollege.edu/blog/   by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Economists talk a lot about scarcity. Scarcity occurs when we have fewer resources than are necessary to fill our basic needs […]
January 13, 2015

Of Course 23andMe’s Plan Has Been to Sell Your Genetic Data All Along

[Gizmodo] Today, 23andMe announced what Forbes reports is only the first of ten deals with big biotech companies: Genentech will pay up to $60 million for access to 23andMe’s data to study Parki nson’s. You think 23andMe was about selling fun DNA spit tests for $99 a pop? Nope, it’s been about selling your data all along. Since 23andMe started in […]
September 2, 2014

Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

[NPR] No one likes it when a new drug in people’s medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen risks […]
June 27, 2014

Big brother is a health care provider

Big brother may be watching you — no, not the one you’re thinking of, but one a lot closer to you: your local hospital or health care system. Some hospital systems are now obtaining credit card transaction data about local populations, plugging the data into algorithms that identify those people most likely to get sick, then trying to intervene to prevent them from getting sick... // Read More »
June 18, 2014

Health by the numbers

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How are you? How are you feeling? These used to be straightforward greetings with simple answers. “I’m fine.” I’m doing well.” “I had been feeling ill but am much better now.” Or even “I keep struggling with diet and exercise.”

However, in the age of accountability, our society has become less comfortable with fuzzy statements and prefers to quantify everything possible, irrespective of whether it’s meaningful.…

May 13, 2014

Minnesota to resume storing newborn blood samples

[Nature] Minnesota will once again allow blood spots to be kept and used for further research following routine newborn screening of genetic and congenital diseases, thanks to a bill signed into law by the state’s governor, Mark Dayton, this week. But privacy advocates opposing the law say that they will keep fighting to prevent newborns’ […]
May 1, 2014

Lessons for the Future of Primary Care from Robin Cook’s Cell

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I just finished reading the popular fiction novel Cell by Robin Cook. This medical thriller revolves around George Wilson, a radiology resident who finds people dying suddenly after receiving diagnoses of terminal illnesses including his fiancé and next-door-neighbor.…

View More Blog Entries

Published Articles (2)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 10 - Oct 2014

Case Study:The Obligations to Report Statutory Sexual Abuse Disclosed in a Research Study Holly A. Taylor, Ellen Kuwana & Benjamin S. Wilfond

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 10 - Oct 2013

Why Misconduct Trumps Patient–Therapist Confidentiality and Ways to Avoid the Disclosure Dilemma Nicholas H. Steneck

News (167)

May 7, 2015 3:15 pm

Court rules NSA program illegal

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the telephone metadata collection program, under which the National Security Agency gathers up millions of phone records on an ongoing daily basis, is illegal under the Patriot Act.

May 1, 2015 6:29 pm

How Private DNA Data Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case

The New Orleans Advocate recently published a shocking story that details the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases and familial DNA searching.

April 14, 2015 2:14 pm

Health data breaches on the rise

Large-scale health data breaches reported by doctors and health plans have been rising steadily, a new report shows.

January 27, 2015 6:54 pm

Gov. Brown Makes History, End-of-Life Choices, Personal Health at our Fingertips

The new year is off to a fast start with a new state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown hinted at what would be the centerpieces of his historic fourth and final term when he was sworn in on Monday. He is focused on education, combating climate change and building the state’s controversial high-speed rail system, which broke ground in Fresno on Tuesday.

January 16, 2015 1:02 pm

Who Owns A Human Genome?

When a human subject is involved with a scientific study, researchers must obtain informed consent, right? Well, if the study in question involves genomics research, the answer isn’t so clear.

January 13, 2015 12:50 pm

Computers 'judge personality better than friends

Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.

September 16, 2014 5:18 pm

Thousands Of People Oblivious To Fact That Anyone On The Internet Can Access Their Computers

Paul McMillan sent his winged monkey scanners out looking for computers that have remote access software on them, but no password. In just that short hour, the results came pouring in: thousands of computers on port 5900 using a program called VNC for remote access.

September 15, 2014 5:14 pm

Insurance giants creating massive database of patient records

Two of California’s largest health insurers are partnering to create a massive database of patient medical records.  But the system faces significant technological challenges and privacy concerns.

August 19, 2014 5:40 pm

NSA's 'MonsterMind' Could Automate Cyberwar

The plan to build a cybersecurity machine that would monitor all private communications coming into the U.S. for attacks and retaliate without human involvement was the last straw that led Snowden to become a whistleblower, he told Wired in an interview.

July 29, 2014 4:01 pm

Google Seeks Human Guinea Pigs for Health Project

Google’s newest project aims to create a crowd-sourced picture of human health by collecting anonymous genetic and molecular information from participants.

View More News Items