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1/15/2021

Meditech introduced a web-based component for integration into EHRs that generates a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that complies with CDC guidelines, generates a second certificate when the second dose is received and automatically transmits vaccination data to the appropriate state public health system. The software can be linked to a portal for patient access to the certificate, scheduling and alerts.

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EHR Intelligence
1/15/2021

Ninety-two percent of health IT executives responding to a Masergy survey said they had to increase network bandwidth capacity last year and cited cloud storage, connected medical devices, and remote and mobile workforce as top security concerns. Sixty percent agreed that enterprisewide security architecture and policies are important, and 54% expect their organization's IT budget to be increased this year.

1/15/2021

Changing US policy on offering COVID-19 vaccinations to adults over age 65 has caused widespread confusion, with many people unsure of where to go for help, Judith Graham writes in a Kaiser Health News article. She answers some of the questions about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout that she has received.

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Kaiser Health News
1/15/2021

Digital content writer and marketer Misan Etchie writes that there are myths about differences between older and younger adults related to their attitudes and behaviors regarding tech passwords and authentication activities. He says it's not necessarily true that older adults are "novices" at technology and that research suggests they may be more willing to replace passwords with better methods of authentication.

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Infosecurity (U.K.)
1/15/2021

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a $4.3 million civil penalty against MD Anderson Cancer Center imposed by HHS for three data breaches that resulted in the disclosure of protected health information. HHS said the cancer center failed to follow its own protocols for encrypting health information but also admitted the department does not have the authority to impose civil monetary penalties in the case because the cancer center is state-owned.

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US Court of Appeals
1/15/2021

Garth Graham, formerly chief community health officer at CVS, will manage production of health content on YouTube in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, National Academy of Health and Harvard University. "Going away are the days when we tried to reach patients with just pamphlets and fliers and expected that to be effective," Graham said.

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FierceHealthcare
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YouTube, Garth Graham
1/15/2021

The Mayo Clinic joined The Commons Project, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and others in the Vaccination Credential Initiative to develop an encrypted COVID-19 vaccination record that can be stored in a digital wallet or as a printed QR code. Governments, airlines, schools, businesses and public venues are likely to begin demanding so-called vaccination passports as conditions of entry.

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Commons Project, Salesforce
1/15/2021

Both the trauma of racism and a history of unethical medical treatment have sown distrust among millions of Black and Brown people, many of whom are now hesitant to seek vaccination for a disease that has hit their communities the hardest, writes educator and emergency physician Pilar Ortega. "If we truly want to reach those communities in greatest need, it is their own voices that must be heard and amplified," she writes.

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Pilar Ortega
1/15/2021

Medical professionals and scientists or researchers are the most trusted sources for public health information in Arizona, while the internet and social media networks are the least trusted, according to results of a Gallup poll. The survey was conducted before any COVID-19 vaccines had been approved in the US, and vaccine safety and efficacy was the most important factor in considering whether to get a vaccine, followed by doctors' recommendations and convenience.

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Gallup
1/15/2021

Brian Hie, a computational biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, theorized that the rules of grammar and semantics can be applied to the evolution of viruses. Along with his graduate adviser, computer scientist Bonnie Berger, Hie trained an artificial intelligence language model on genetic sequence data, and the resulting platform predicted mutations not only in SARS-CoV-2 but also influenza virus and HIV that would enable the viruses to evade the immune system.