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We have compiled healthcare data breach statistics from October 2009 when the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights first started publishing summaries of healthcare data breaches on its website. Machine learning has great potential to transform disease diagnosis and detection, but it’s been held back by patients’ reluctance to give up access to sensitive information.
11 May 2019, MIT Technology Review
In 2017, Google quietly published a blog post about a new approach to machine learning. Unlike the standard method, which requires the data to be centralized in one place, the new one could learn from a series of data sources distributed across multiple devices…Read more >>>
There are huge benefits to sequencing as many genomes as we can—every genome sequenced moves us a step closer to unlocking life-saving treatments
3 May 2019, BMJ Opinion
NHS England is to offer free genomic sequencing for patients with serious genetic conditions, including cancer. Healthy citizens will also be able to have their genomes sequenced under a new scheme announced in January…Read more >>>
Preventing abuse of technology depends upon strong protections for individuals – not just for those who consent to the use of their data, and for those who do not.
1 May 2019, Fast Company
There has been an increasing public debate in the last few years around the use of data by states and tech companies…Read more >>>
TWENTY YEARS AGO, you had about a 1 in 6 billion chance of knowing someone who’d had their DNA sequenced. Today, almost every American can name someone who’s had some form of genetic testing.
1 May 2019, HIPAA Journal
The rise of DNA data has legal experts increasingly concerned that the United States is not effectively protecting consumers from the many privacy risks…Read more >>>
Investigators had reportedly used an ancestry database to track the man down
26 April 2019, Science News
speculation was that either AncestryDNA or 23andMe, two popular direct-to-consumer testing companies, had turned over customer data to the police. Both companies denied involvement…Read more >>>
As DNA testing gallops ahead, doctors face wrenching questions about legal risks, protecting patients’ privacy, and the quality of the genetic information they’re providing—and they need help.
26 April 2019, Science Mag
“The genome is static, but our ability to analyze it and interpret it is undergoing dramatic change,” said James Evans, a geneticist at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “We don’t understand most of these variants…Read more >>>
We have compiled healthcare data breach statistics from October 2009 when the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights first started publishing summaries of healthcare data breaches on its website.
1 May 2019, HIPAA Journal
Our healthcare data breach statistics clearly show there has been an upward trend in data breaches over the past 9 years…Read more >>>
Amid privacy concerns and dramatic growth in genetic-testing products
12 April 2019, WLRN
the Florida House on Thursday passed a bill that would ban life-insurance and long-term care insurance companies from using genetic testing information in policy decisions…Read more >>>
The use of genetic information collected by private companies in criminal investigations raises a number of issues about transparency and privacy.
21 March 2019, Pacific Standard
The conversation over police uploading suspects’ DNA to online databases is missing something important.
18 March 2019, Slate.com
Almost a year ago, police apprehended Joseph DeAngelo—dubbed the Golden State Killer—for more than a dozen murders and 50 rapes committed in the 1970s and ’80s. His arrest was thanks to the advent of open-source DNA databases…Read more >>>