Startup commercializing tool to help seniors determine Alzheimer's probability; UPMC faces patient privacy lawsuit;

> Cambridge, Mass.-based startup Neurotrack is commercializing a computer-based diagnostic tool that it thinks can help seniors determine if they will develop Alzheimer's, MedCity News reports. The tool uses a computer equipped with an eye-tracking device, and was tested in a study at Emory University funded by the National Institutes of Health. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has more data and must facilitate its use with a broader array of partners thanks to initiatives mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). By the end of 2015 Medicare claims data will almost double and Medicaid claims data will triple, "that's not counting the quality and counter data that we have," said CMS Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle Oct. 18 at the AFCEA Bethesda Health IT Day in Bethesda, Md. FierceGovernmentIT

> UPMC and the town of Monroeville, Pa., allegedly breached patient privacy when ambulance dispatches and patient information were sent to a former police chief and a third party, according to a lawsuit, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The lawsuit charges that George Polnar, the former police chief and now manager of security and parking at UPMC East, received EMS response information, which didn't contain the name but did include the age, sex and address information, and forwarded the email to his friend, police secretary Linda Moy. However, Polnar said he received the information over the police scanner and then texted Moy. FierceHealthcare

And Finally… It's about time. Article


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