Healthcare CIOs Face New Security Risk: Internet Explorer Coding Flaw May Give Hackers Total Access

Microsoft’s IE browser allows hackers to get keys for total access to otherwise secured data

The old weather proverb about March, in like a lamb and out like a lion, seems to apply with full force to April in the world of cyber security. While the first six days of April seemed relatively calm in the cyber world, on Monday, April 7, 2014, the Heartbleed flaw in encryption security was announced (see our previous post here). As of April 26, 2014, the month was still roaring like a lion with yet another newly discovered cyber security threat to Internet Explorer (IE), first announced by FireEye Research Labs.  Microsoft quickly confirmed the flaw on its Security TechCenter webpageAll versions of Microsoft IE have the vulnerable coding flaw.

IE’s Vulnerability Dubbed “Operation Clandestine Fox”.  FireEye named the flaw “Operation Clandestine Fox” for a couple of reasons. …

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Making Health Addictive: Use Unpredictable Rewards

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In early February, I wrote about tactic one, Employ Subliminal Messaging.  Here is my post on the second of three tactics, Use Unpredictable Rewards.  The third and final tactic, Use the Sentinel Effect, will follow in my next post.

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Making health addictive is really about harnessing the power of our fascination with mobile devices, particularly smartphones.  We check these devices up to 150 times per day.  What if we put a personalized, relevant, motivational and unobtrusive message in front of you some of those times?  Could we induce permanent behavior change?  I am searching for examples of these customized mobile, personalized messages and any resulting behavior change, so if you know of any, please let me know.

The concept of unpredictable rewards brings us closer still to the vision of what Making Health Addictive might look like on your mobile device.  This tactic is what the…

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Beyond the platitudes: Thorny challenges in delivering patient-centered care.


Michael J. Fisch, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAHPM

Blog post by Dr. Michael Fisch

The phrase “patient-centered care” is ubiquitous in discussions of healthcare delivery. There are innumerable conceptual models for patient-centered care and even a research institute named the “Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI,” authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. The idea, not surprisingly, is central to the profession of medicine. As a medical student, I received a small booklet with a reprint of the classic essay (JAMA 1927;88:877-882), taken from a speech to medical students by Francis Weld Peabody, which included this iconic line:

…the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.

The hard part about patient-centered care, however, is simply this: that it is patient-centered. Beyond the platitudes, there are daily challenges in actually accomplishing…

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Mwah !!!!!! A kiss from the nature


Found in the rain forests of Central and South American countries, Psychotria Elata AKA Hot lips, has its bracts as the most kissable lips . But the bracts remain kissable only for a while before they spread open for flowering. The lips attract the pollinators. Does it attract you too? Kisses anyone ???

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FORBES: ‘WeCare Clinics, Iora Health, Qliance Medical Management, MDVIP, and OneMedical have all reported reductions in total healthcare costs for their patients of 15% or more versus population norms*.’

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APRIL 4, 2014 – Many proposals for improving cost/effectiveness of U.S. medicine are contending for resources and attention. These proposals span personalized medicine, big-data technology to find patterns and coordinate care, tightly-managed accountable healthcare systems, and marketplace incentives. Listening to a panel prepare for a conference this week brought that home to me: each panelist has a different view, often based on his/her skills and role in the system. I don’t doubt that each approach holds promise. However, they tend to be complex and sophisticated, and they will need many years to develop. For example, connecting most patient and provider information to the cloud and finding ways to manage and analyze it there, with appropriate privacy and security, is a huge project. If was a moon-shot, this…

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A Legacy of Surgical Outcomes – April 22 2014 Chat

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Thomas K. Varghese Jr. MD Blog post by Thomas K. Varghese Jr. MD , MS, FACS

Ernest Codman MD (1869-1940) was the prototypical genius surgeon. Graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1895, internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and eventually a member of the surgical staff at Mass General and of the Harvard faculty. His impact was in many fields – shoulder surgery, bone sarcoma, general surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, and evidence-based medicine. In 1910 he helped start the American College of Surgeons, and he also helped form the Committee for Hospital Standardization, the forefather of the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO).

He had it all.

And then one day he stood up during a surgical meeting he had chaired of the Suffolk (Mass.) District Surgical Society to unveil a cartoon he had drawn. He was ostracized, lost referrals, his income plummeted, and had little recognition for the remainder of his life.

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