Quadriplegic man keeps on riding, using tech to enable 475-mile trip across state

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Ian Mackay, in Spokane, Wash., with friends Josh Sutcliffe, Jimmy Quenelle and Josh Blaustein during their 13-day ride across the state. (Ian’s Ride Photo) via GeekWire

This is a true inspiration to everyone, not just those that are #a11y friendly.

Quadriplegic man keeps on riding, using tech to enable 475-mile trip across state

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Oklahoma Government in Row Over Alleged HIPAA Violation

Oklahoma Government in Row Over Alleged HIPAA Violation

 

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As I read this article while attempting to keep up with interesting HIPAA articles, I did some quick research on Wikipedia, Bing search engines, and the Federal agency that covers this topic. I couldn’t find any reference to caching and storage, which is central to attaining the truth on which political position is correct on the subject. Long story short, a planned maintenance Internet outage occurred; some staffers used their smartphones loaded with an app to access Personal Health Information; no agreement on the correctness of this action bordering on partisanship.

I believed that it is the job of journalists and editors to gather facts on the subject in question and present them in the article, or at least the updated version online after a printed story. Disclaimer, I did not go to journalism school at Auburn University.

Two branches of Oklahoma’s government are embroiled in a controversy over whether the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs committed a HIPAA violation.

Source: Oklahoma Government in Row Over Alleged HIPAA Violation

Mouse vs Python PyDev of the Week: Lovely ricel Banquil

Banx. H/T: Mouse vs Python

That time of the week again. Though I’m still in the Newbie phase, there is hope for the rest of us to pick up the torch and move forward. As I see it, since Python will transpile to most other languages, and I’m not a natural coder, but an advanced end user, this will work for me. Plus not a fan of the curly bracket languages that dominate the Web.

Microsoft patents head mounted blood pressure monitor – MSPoweruser

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Christian Holz and Edward Wang. IMWUT 2017.
Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA via mspoweruser.com

There are two things that are needed for success here:

  1. This device can also monitor blood glucose levels with a separate sensor as well as a bodyfat % recorder.
  2. Medicare, Medicaid, VA Health, and private insurers mandated to pay for this and related items.

My comment on this article from Disqus:

Especially since Medicare/Medicaid won’t pay for the current monitors at home, and few private insurers do as well, though the tech is such that it’s HIPAA compliant, and family doctors and their staff can be alerted to issues before they show up at the quarterly exam periods.

via Microsoft patents head mounted blood pressure monitor – MSPoweruser

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?)

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

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).

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

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.

https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/mobile/silicon-valley-start-up-aims-to-reverse-diabetes-using-tech-tools

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