Advantage Dental breach could affect 151K patients; Novartis pivots to digital devices;

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> After a $30 billion asset swap, trading vaccines for new cancer drugs, Novartis AG CEO Joe Jimenez has made plans to move into the smartphone and digital device future of healthcare, incorporating Microsoft's Kinect technology into multiple sclerosis treatments and adding sensors to pills and inhalers that tell when patients miss a dose, according to Bloomberg Business. Article

> Oregon-based Advantage Dental notified 151,626 patients that their data may have been breached in February. Information accessed could include names, birthdates, telephone numbers, addresses, and Social Security numbers, Becker's Hospital Review reported. Article

> While the increasing availability of online health information can improve patient knowledge, its effective use is dependent on online health literacy, with a need for better interface design to account for various cognitive styles and older info searchers requiring more support, according to a recent study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Study

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> Electronic health records are not doing a good job of creating accurate and clear graphs of patient information, which may adversely impact patient safety, according to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Article

> Allscripts, Cerner and CPSI all retain the top spot in their respective markets for user satisfaction, according to the latest report from market research firm Black Book Rankings. Article

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