HHS To Propose Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule, 42 CFR Part 2

HHS To Propose Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule, 42 CFR Part 2

The article goes into a bit of legislative gobblygook, but the point remains that some sharing of information to solve a crisis outweighs the negatives privacy connotations. Personally, I chose to give up major online privacy years ago; that ship has sailed with Facebook, Twitter, and like services that preceded it (remember GeoCities and Myspace anyone?)

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Medical marijuana: How IT can spark the budding cannabis industry | ZDNet


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Medical marijuana is legal in 31 states and DC, Cannabidiol is available elsewhere. Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas don’t allow anything related to Marijuana (“Medical cannabis in the United States,” 2018), Utah and Oklahoma have Medical on the ballot this fall while Michigan is looking for Recreational legalization (Walsh, 2018).

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Startup aims to reverse diabetes using tech tools | FierceHealthcare

This one is of particular interest to me. The linked story was published in 2017. Upon further review, the company is still in business. It is a subscription service that doesn’t look like it’s covered by Medicare/Medicaid (it’s not, per Virta support). This is a non-starter in the world of Universal Healthcare/Medicare for All.




How Does HIPAA Apply to Wearable Health Technology?

How Does HIPAA Apply to Wearable Health Technology?

I have posted information on this topic before here and here among other places on this blog. My rule of thumb is that if it touches your body and records information about it, it is subject to HIPAA regulations. Knowing that this does not fit the narrative presented by limited government advocates; that is where we are. Until Medicare and Medicaid are brought on board with coverage for wearables, this health benefit will remain a niche product and service.

For additional guidance on creating effective disclosures, check out the FTC’s .com Disclosures report. If you have a health app, don’t forget to consult the mobile health apps interactive tool, the FTC’s best practices guidance for mobile health app developers and the OCR developer portal. And when you’re telling consumers about how you share consumer health information, always remember the FTC Act as well as HIPAA (“Sharing Consumer Health Information?” 2016).

How do HIPAA security and privacy protections apply to wearable health technology and the health data it collects and stores?

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TD Bank empowers employees with assistive technology in Office 365 and Windows 10

TD Bank empowers employees with assistive technology in Office 365 and Windows 10


We are excited about introducing accessible technologies within Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 to empower our employees to help us work toward this strategic advantage. We find that most people can benefit from these accessible technologies, whether they identify as having a disability or not, because the technologies are built in to the Office apps. When employees can customize their environment and adapt to a wide variety of situations, they will be far more successful and productive.

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Microsoft celebrates “hackers” with release of new book as annual Hackathon begins | On MSFT

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He, Jeff Petty, was so convinced that he pitched the Office and Windows teams about purchasing an independent company that offered learning and literacy solutions, but the direction he got was to go build it rather than buy it (Shaw, Lee;, & Lay-Flurrie;, 2018, p. 61).

What I find most interesting about this quote from the eBook that Microsoft is providing the participants is that they were told to build it. Microsoft during this period could probably buy almost any company on the planet, especially one of these sizes. They have also been accused over the years of Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (“Embrace, extend, and extinguish,” 2018). Granted, that was many years ago, but in the developer community, hard habits and attitudes are resistant to change. The current CEO, Satya Nadella, has done a great job combating this perception of his company, and the Learning Tools project accelerated under his watch. There is still some work to do, as Learning Tools is in the Office 365 (2016) version of OneNote, but not in the Windows 10 version. These two software programs will merge into the Windows 10 version going forward (“Frequently Asked Questions about OneNote in Office 2019,” n.d.).

Microsoft is kicking off today its One Week Hackathon, the largest private hackathon in the world where Microsoft employees will try to find new ideas to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. For the fifth edition of the annual event, participants will be given a new book, “The Ability Hacks,” which looks back at how two hackathon teams created new technology to empower people with disabilities…

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Google might be working on a successor to Android – MSPoweruser

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A bit behind Fuschia Fridays on 9to5Google, but any discussion of the next generation of mobile OSes is not a bad thing.

Google introduced the world to Android a decade ago and has seen an increase in usage since then. Despite having more than 85% of the Market Share, Android does have some problems.  It looks like Google is now working on a successor to Android to fix the issues Android has right now. Dubbed as “Fuchsia”, […]

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Blockchain as a tool for anti-fraud | Azure Blog


Now we are getting somewhere. This is a manifestation of the potential and kinetic of the Blockchain not tied to cryptocurrency.

Healthcare costs are skyrocketing. In 2016, healthcare costs in the US are estimated at nearly 18 percent of the GDP! Healthcare is becoming less affordable worldwide, and a serious chasm is widening between those that can afford healthcare and those that cannot.

  • Insufficient protection of data integrity enables fraudulent modification of records

  • Insufficient transparency enables fraud to proceed undetected

  • Blockchain immutability protects the integrity of records

there are others in the article…

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Report: Amazon and startup Xealth working on program to deliver medical supplies to patients – GeekWire

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Personal note: Having real trouble finding a local Pharmacy or Medical Supply Store to fill a Wrist Splint as prescribed by my Doctor; would appreciate something like this to be delivered to my home and all of the payment mechanisms taken care of.


5 steps for consumer adoption of blockchain | GeekWire

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With all the hype and money pouring into the blockchain and cryptocurrency market, it’s important to recognize how young the industry is. Consumer adoption has not been achieved and most projects are yet to be live. Much is promised by blockchain startups and often with little to show at this point…

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PyDev of the Week: Ricky White | The Mouse Vs. The Python

The only complaint about Python so far is that it’s not as a “Visual” language as I would like.

This is the 3 takeaways from the profile that I found enlightening.



  1. Perfect is the enemy of done. Just write the damn words/code already.
  2. Learning how not to do something is often more important than learning the ‘best’ way. It’ll also help you to get a deeper understanding of why something worked or not. The delete key is your friend, learn from it.
  3. but make a plan. Before you sit down to write a book or an app, plan it out.

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