ZDNet Health IT Roundup: IT from the patient's view, HIPAA mistakes, and big data

This week, we kick off our inaugural edition of ZDNet Health IT Roundup, a summary of all the health news covered by ZDNet's worldwide team of reporters and analysts. There's some fascinating reads inside, so click on in.
Written by Denise Amrich, Contributor

Welcome to this week's ZDNet Health IT Roundup. Our crew here at ZDNet work around the clock from all over the world. In addition to my own regular health-related column, I'll showcase a selection of health IT-related articles posted by worldwide team. Here are some articles you may find interesting.

Top health IT stories

Digital healthcare: The comfort factor of a paper trail
As a developer, Matt Baxter-Reynolds has designed systems to digitize healthcare data. But now, as a hospital patient, he misses the reassuring feel of paper in hand.

Enrolling in state health insurance exchanges might be hardest for those who need them most
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is happening, and states are getting ready to implement it. But will those who need insurance the most be able to use the Health Insurance Exchange websites?

WellPoint takes $1.7 million hit over HIPAA slip
According to the HHS, WellPoint left patient health data accessible to unauthorized users over the Internet.

VCs, angels, and M&A all hot for healthcare IT in mid-2013
Three separate reports out this month describe jumps in deal flow and capital availability for healthcare IT-related ventures.

Big data tracks docs and may reward performance over care
New big data-based performance tracking systems take qualitative analysis somewhat out of the equation in favor of quantitative analysis.

Other health IT coverage around ZDNet

Using the cloud to supercharge genomic analysis
This is an amazing story about how the Google compute engine is changing the way genomes are sequenced and explored.

NSW Medical Devices Fund gives AU$10m to health tech startups
The NSW Medical Devices Fund has given AU$10.3m over three years to help fund five health startups across New South Wales.

Pathology and imaging records worked back into Aussie eHealth system
The Australian government is spending another AU$8 million to reintroduce eHealth records features that had been left off the original specification in 2011.

CB Insights: VC-backed IPOs hit 5-quarter high thanks to healthcare startups
Navigating an IPO is a tricky business, but things are looking more promising for certain startups.

Epworth finds healthcare black spots with geospatial analytics
When it came time to find the best location for its new Melbourne-area hospital, private healthcare group Epworth Healthcare turned to geospatial analytics to find the most underserviced area and deliver exactly the services its population requires.

The Open Group conference emphasizes healthcare as key sector for ecosystem-wide interactions improvement
Healthcare industry organizations are seeking large-scale transformation, and improved cross-organizational collaboration. Such trends as big data and cloud computing are helping to make healthcare more responsive and efficient.

Nuance: We have 750+ health IT developers
And they're focusing on solving problems using cloud-based speech recognition.

Beware health searches: Web data may be leaked to third parties
A USC researcher finds that your sensitive health searches on terms like herpes and cancer are being shared with third parties so be sure to cover your online tracks.

Vic commissioner looks into emergency dispatch downtime
Victoria's emergency services commissioner will investigate the latest glitch in the emergency dispatch system amid fears that lives are being put at risk.

India startup helps track diabetes with smartphones
Mumbai-based startup, Diabe.to, aims to make it easier for diabetic patients to monitor their condition by offering tools that run on Android and iPhone devices.

Two deep dives into open source EHR
If you're interested in implementing a powerful EHR environment but don't want to pay commercial prices, this article contains some great resources.

Withings Pulse adds heart rate monitor to life trackers, available now
Activity trackers and mobile health is a growing area and Withings is known for their solid products. Their new Pulse portable life tracker is available now and adds a unique heart rate monitor.

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