The Weekly Roundup: Data Security (5.8.18)

June 08, 2018 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

It’s no secret that data is driving innovation in healthcare. From secondary uses of electronic health records to an explosion of direct-to-consumer genetic testing (despite its potential inaccuracies), data is creating a large pool of genetic information from which researchers can draw. For example, the radiology department at Johns Hopkins is culling a vast database of old CT scans to fuel current pancreatic cancer research. A 2017 study of internet trends notes a significant uptick in consumer use of digital apps to monitor or manage health. (The healthcare section of the behemoth report starts at page 288.) But is that data safeApril was not a good month for healthcare security breaches, certainly. And whose cells are they, anyway? In a recent edition of All Things Considered, NPR framed the debate over the use of medical data in product development. One thing’s certain: The deluge will not subside soon. The internet trends study (above) also found a 48 percent annual growth rate in healthcare data. 

Here are a few other stories that might be of interest:

  • Beware the dark side. Do you know your leadership style? Here are some career-based strengths paired with the aspects of the trait that can derail your career. 
  • Pharmacists in Ohio, and across the nation, continue to chip away at the opioid epidemic.
  • Clear the air. Here’s some good news on tobacco use among youth. 
  • Get proactive. Need some ideas to further realize the benefits of your medication synchronization program? We’ve put together a few ideas to help get you thinking about what might work best in your pharmacy. 

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors. 

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