World's largest disease database to ID new cancer treatments; Geisinger Health satisified with patient data at rest encryption;

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> The world's largest disease database will use artificial intelligence to ID new cancer treatments, according to an announcement. The system, called CanSAR, is the biggest disease database of its kind anywhere in the world and "condenses more data than would be generated by one million years of use of the Hubble space telescope." It launched Monday and was developed by researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, using funding from Cancer Research UK. Announcement

> Geisinger Health has expressed that it is confident in patient data at-rest encryption, according to Health IT Security, which spoke to Will Sanders, Senior Technology Specialist and Storage Architect at Geisinger. "The biggest thing it gives us piece of mind on is shipping drives back. ... Now we're not worried about a drive getting lost because UPS loses it or the person who comes to replace the drive throws it in the back of their vehicle and forgets about it," Sanders said in the interview. Article

Health Insurance News

> Many Americans are willing to undergo medical tests and lifestyle monitoring by insurers in exchange for lower premiums, according to a recent Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll, even if that means releasing genetic information or letting insurers track their exercise sessions. Article

> As the federal health insurance exchange continues to falter amid technical problems, companies continue to launch their own private exchanges that eventually could compete alongside the public marketplaces. For example, employee benefits advisory company United Benefit Advisors just launched its Benefits Passport private exchange available in Rhode Island. The new marketplace will offer health plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Tufts Health Plan and UnitedHealth to large group employers starting in January, reported GoLocalProv. Article

Provider News

> The competition to recruit physicians is fierce, but a new survey from The Medicus Firm offers insight into physicians' wish lists for an ideal place to work. Notably, the staffing company's survey of more than 2,500 doctors found that signing bonuses, once considered "icing on the cake" of most recruitment packages, are now an expectation. The firm reported that 85.27 percent of its searches that resulted in an offer last year involved a signing bonus. The average amount was $24,037, but the highest bonus was $150,000. Article

And Finally... I think he's probably suffered enough. Article

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