UConn Health Center investigates second data breach of 2013; Using air transportation data to predict pandemics;

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> The University of Connecticut Health Center is investigating its second data breach of 2013, according to Health IT Security, this one involving the medical records of 164 patients. It learned of the breach on Nov. 4, and has sent letters to all patients whose data may have been compromised. UConn also alerted patients in March that a former employee had breached 1,400 records. Article

> Computational work conducted at Northwestern University has led to a new mathematical theory for understanding the global spread of epidemics, according to an announcement. "With this new theory, we can reconstruct outbreak origins with higher confidence, compute epidemic-spreading speed and forecast when an epidemic wave front is to arrive at any location worldwide," theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann, who developed the ideas for this research at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), said in the announcement. "This may help to improve possible mitigation strategies." Announcement

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> Massachusetts is gradually rolling out a price transparency law, but patient advocates have raised some concerns that insurers have set up obstacles that make it difficult for patients to receive data. Article

> Two Ohio public policy advocate groups and a Cleveland-area labor union have criticized the Cleveland Clinic and the University Hospitals healthcare systems, claiming both are affecting the state's largest school system because they do not pay any taxes. Article

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> Despite mental health parity laws for health insurers, half of psychiatrists reject private and federal insurance, according to study published this week in JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College found the percentage of psychiatrists who accepted private insurance dropped 17 percent between 2005 and 2010. Article

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