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ePHI and HIPAA

Twelve years ago, in 2011, someone stole a laptop from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, which is affiliated with Tufts Medial School. The Burlington, Massachusetts-based nonprofit teaching hospital notified the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) about the theft of a single laptop containing the protected health information (ePHI) of…

Gold from e-waste could make drug manufacturing more sustainable

In a new study, researchers have shown that the gold from e-waste, such as SIM cards and circuit boards can be extracted and used as catalysts for reactions in pharmaceutical manufacturing. At first, researchers from the University of Cagliari in Italy developed a process that utilizes environmentally safe reagents to drain soil and recover base metals such…

The Medical Devices White Paper That Forgot One Critical Thing

The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity has funded A UCL research project. As a result, UCL, in partnership with BSI, the UK National Standards Body, has published a White Paper entitled “The Future of Medical Device Regulation and Standards: Dealing with Critical Challenges for Connected, Intelligent Medical Devices”* The White Paper…

Medical Device Trade In Programs: What about the old devices?

Manufacturers may initiate a medical device trade in program for a number of reasons, such as a recall, a release of an upgraded product, advances in the technology or consumables, or just the desire to keep the product off the used market. Trade in programs can be challenging. Manufacturers are usually designed to ship things…

The Cost of a Healthcare Data Breach

Part of the cost of data security in the healthcare industry is the cost of what happens when there’s a healthcare data breach. That’s a high cost, and it illustrates just how important data security really is. The IBM Security- Ponemon Institute “2022 Cost of Data Breach” has been released. The new report calculated the global average…

Healthcare Waste

Medical Life Sciences News recently posted an article about Sustainable Management of Healthcare Waste. The article states that “The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies biomedical waste (BMW) as number 2 on the list of hazardous wastes, necessitating strict disposal policies which must be enforced by hospitals and waste treatment units in unison, to prevent contamination…

New Jersey Biotech

According to the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey, the Garden State is the #1 state for life science companies. From biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical technology, diagnostic and computer products companies, thousands of New Jersey Biotech businesses have been leading the states economy, and advancing human health for the last 135 years. Here’s some interesting facts about…

Medical ID Theft

ABC News recently ran an article about the dangers of medical ID theft. Medical ID theft happens when someone steals your Medicare or health insurance number to steal treatment, prescriptions or submit claims all under your name. The Federal Trade Commission has labeled it “a growing menace”. According to Experian.com, medical identity theft can happen…

Solid State Batteries – Smaller, stronger, and safer

What are solid state batteries ? According to Samsung, a lithium-ion battery is composed of cathode, anode, separator and electrolyte. A lithium-ion battery applied at smartphones, power tools and EVs uses liquid electrolyte solution. On the other hand, solid state batteries use solid electrolyte, not liquid.  Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, have a separator that keeps cathode and…

Healthcare Data Breaches of 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights’ breach portal shows that in 2021, there were at least 686 healthcare data breaches of 500 or more records. 2020 previously held the unwanted record of highest number of healthcare data breaches, with 642. 2021 beat that record by 44. The 2021 breaches translate…

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