Texas breach involves 277,000 microfiche records; Radiological workstations dirtier than bathrooms;

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> Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is notifying patients admitted between 1980 and 1990 about "a potential exposure of confidential information," according to the Dallas Morning News. Wendell Watson, spokesman for Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, the hospital's corporate parent, said "the breach involved about 277,000 microfilm records that were to have been destroyed by Shred-it." Article

Medical Imaging News

Radiologist workstations are likely to be contaminated by bacteria, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. In fact, according to researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, there was more bacteria found in the workstations at two inpatient and two outpatient reading rooms at two hospitals than were found on door knobs and toilet seats in the nearest restrooms. Article

Provider News

> The federal government is on track to open the health insurance marketplace on Oct. 1, while trying several tactics, including leveraging mobile media applications and getting help from sports teams, to persuade young people to sign up for health insurance, according to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Article

> More men in Tennessee are entering the nursing profession, a trend reflected across the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2011, 9.6 percent of all registered nurses in the United States were male compared to only 2.7 percent in 1970. Article

And Finally... Everyone must have been really thirsty. Article


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