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US healthcare companies begin exploring blockchain technologies

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By Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor of Law, Saint Louis University and first published on theconversation.com.The sprawling U.S. healthcare industry has trouble managing patient information: Every doctor, medical office, hospital, pharmacy, therapist, and insurance company needs different pieces of data to properly care for patients. These records are scattered all over on each business’s computers – and some no doubt in filing cabinets too. They’re not all kept up to date with current information, as a person’s prescriptions change or new X-rays are taken, and they’re not easily shared from one provider to another.For instance, in Boston alone, medical offices use more than two dozen different systems for keeping electronic health records. None of them can directly communicate with any of the others, and all of them present opportunities for hackers to steal, delete or modify records either individually or en masse. In an emergency, doctors may not be able to get crucial medical information because it’s stored somewhere else. That can result in direct harm to patients.There might be a way out, toward a health care system where patients have accurate and updated records that are secure against tampering or snooping, and with data that can be shared quickly and easily with any provider who needs it. In my work on health care innovation at the Center for Health Law Studies, at Saint Louis University School of Law, I have been following the rise of a technology that may help us address the weaknesses in today’s health care record-keeping: blockchain.A secure system to store private informationBlockchain systems, best known in connection with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, are networks of databases stored in different places that use securely encrypted messages to connect with each other over the internet. Information can’t be deleted, but it can be updated – though only by authorized users, whose identities are recorded along with their actions.That would keep years of patient data secure and make any human errors in data entry easy to track down and correct. Patients themselves could review and update information, and even add new information they collect or observe about their own conditions. Both hacking and fraud would be extremely difficult.There are many blockchain systems, each with its own security methods and practices, but developers are working to help them connect with each other, working out how to make the process of collecting records much cheaper and faster than today.Helping patients and practitionersBlockchain can also help other areas of the healthcare industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are developing blockchain-based systems to share data on threatening pathogens, analyze outbreaks, and manage the response to public health crises. Some commentators have even suggested that a blockchain system might help track opioid use and abuse.Clinical trials, too, may benefit from blockchain. Today, patchy data and inefficient communication among all players involved in clinical trials pose serious problems. The drug discovery and development processes could see similar benefits.Pharmaceutical companies currently monitor drug shipments and delivery through an inefficient web of scattered databases. In 2017, Pfizer and other drugmakers announced their support for MediLedger, seeking to transfer those tasks to a blockchain – which Walmart is already doing to track its food shipments.First steps in the USIn addition to the major pharmaceutical companies’ supply-tracking experiment, other major U.S. health-care companies are beginning to explore blockchain technology. In early 2018, five of the country’s largest health-care companies started using a blockchain system to collect data on health-care providers’ demographics.What’s most striking about this collaboration – including a medical claim processor and a national medical testing lab – is that it includes major health insurers that directly compete against each other: Humana and the UnitedHealth Group. That signals a potential shift toward industry-wide approaches to handling health care data.Europe takes the leadEurope offers some examples and useful guides for U.S. efforts to use blockchains in health care.In 2016, the European Union began funding a multinational collaboration with privacy companies and leading research universities to build a blockchain system that would aggregate and share biomedical information between health care organizations and individual patients all across the EU. Among other things, this would offer patients secure personal health data accounts online, accessible from computers and mobile devices.Using a similarly collaborative approach, Sweden recently began rolling out an interoperable blockchain health data platform called CareChain. CareChain is being publicized as “infrastructure that is owned and controlled by no one and everyone.” Companies and individual people can use the system to store health information from disparate sources. The system also lets developers create apps and services that can access the information, to analyze users’ data and offer them tips, ideas, and products to improve their health.Offering an idea of what’s possible is Estonia, which since 2012 has been using blockchain technology to secure healthcare data and transactions, including putting 95 percent of health data in electronic form. All of the country’s healthcare billing is handled electronically, and 99 percent of its prescriptions are digital.That’s a future the U.S. could look forward to, as it experiments on its own and learns from the experience of these existing projects. Please enter your comment!last_img read more

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Broome County reports more than 100 new positive COVID-19 cases

first_img(WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar tweeted Saturday there were more than 100 new positive COVID-19 cases. Garnar says more than 1,500 people in the county are in quarantine, and is asking people to stay home. The county tracker also says there are 9 people hospitalized, that’s the same number as on Friday. Today Broome County is reporting over 100 new positives. 373 active positives, 1500+ in quarantine. If you see a violation report it here: https://t.co/jaqtbPkiBn I need everyone to STAY HOME to reduce spread or we will be at risk of our schools and businesses being shut down.— Jason Garnar (@jasongarnar) October 3, 2020 The Broome County tracker said on Saturday there were 373 active cases. The City of Binghamton has 140, Vestal more than 60, and the Town of Union more than 35.last_img read more

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Point-Counterpoint: Best Sports Couple

first_imgMcGrathI have to say, Cupid is a pretty awful judge of compatibility. I mean, this is the cherub who brought you Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra, Andre “Bad Moon” Rison and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, the Benson’s, Mark Wohlers and ball four … the list goes on. Even when the fat, naked archer got it right, it was obviously a mistake … I mean, he was probably hungry.Without question, the best sports couple is Takeru Kobayashi and the hot dog. Do you know what kind of rock-solid foundation of love it would take for you to sit there and swallow 79,000 wieners and still come back with enough lust to want to gobble down 50 at each sitting? That’s dedication. And it’s reciprocal, too. The frankfurters, despite being notoriously cardiac unfriendly, haven’t had a bit of ill effect on Kobayashi to this point, as he is skinner than Manute Bol after a six-month fast. Take one look at the 420-pound Eric “Bad Lands” — that must mean the unfortunate earth that is underneath him at any given point in time — Booker and his physique fit for an oversized bean bag chair, and it is clear that the tube steak is showing the K-man some love.”Take”-out also has become a millionaire for his unique talent for guzzling down wieners like Lil’ Kim does … well, wieners. Meanwhile, Nathan’s hot dogs are still more popular than those stupid floppy-discs of beef served at most fast-food eateries, and dominate the attention of the American public on the most patriotic of days, the Fourth of July. Again, Cupid must’ve been aiming for Mary Kate Olson when he hit the gluttonous Kobayashi, but regardless he created a match made in Roman myth. Point: Hot dogs and Kobayashi. 2.14 PCP — PoppyPoppyThe best couple in the sports world should be one in which each side brings the best out in each other, and what better place to do that than the playing field?With that said, any athlete involving singer Toni Braxton is disqualified. Remember when she tore the Dallas Mavericks franchise apart in the mid-1990s by messing around with Jason Kidd, Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn?Anyway, the best couple in sports is none other than Ivan Rodriguez and Ugueth Urbina. Not to imply or disrespect anything homosexual, but seriously, the catcher-pitcher duo in baseball is one that requires a strong relationship, and Pudge and Ugi had just that.In 2003, Rodriguez and Urbina hooked up on the unlikeliest of teams, the Florida Marlins, and made history. Pudge had signed a one-year contract with the Marlins in hopes of reviving his career, and Ugi came on board mid-season as Florida found itself in the wildcard race. The battery connection posted solid seasons but made their magic in the postseason.As Rodriguez and Urbina opened the playoffs, they found their cupid in Steve Bartman, who in the single swift of one hand helped the couple on their way to the World Series, and it was there they showed everyone their true affection for one another.As Urbina recorded two saves against the Yankees, he and Rodriguez celebrated the Marlins’ victories with a smooch on the mound. It caused a stir in the sports world, but really it’s just an extension of the butt-smack.Rodriguez and Urbina even had a honeymoon of sorts, jumping ship to the lowly Tigers the next year. Furthermore, the couple had their divorce this past season as Detroit traded Urbina to Philadelphia.Nevertheless, Rodriguez and Urbina are the Best. Sports. Couple. Ever.last_img read more

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COLUMN: Helton is making case for head coach

first_imgWith only one loss on his record, interim head coach Clay Helton is making his case for the permanent head coaching position, and it seems to get stronger every week. Helton started his campaign with a loss, but that was a well-played game against a team that the AP poll currently lists as the No. 6 team in the country.Since that loss, Helton has gone on to upset the former No. 3 team in the country and add two additional wins against Cal and Arizona. Though the two most recent wins are less impressive than the win over Utah, Cal and Arizona are both teams that started the season off looking like legitimate Pac-12 contenders.If Helton can double his current three-game win streak and close out the season with a win over UCLA, I think he’ll be given fair consideration for the job. He’ll be up against stiff competition, however, as many fans and donors are expecting a big name to be the next head coach.The current situation draws comparisons to two years ago when interim head coach Ed Orgeron caused a lot of excitement and turned the team around but, ultimately, was not named head coach. The decision to go with Sarkisian over Orgeron was controversial, but I agree with Athletic Director Pat Haden’s choice not because I think Sarkisian was the best choice, but more so because Orgeron was not. Orgeron was fueled by raw emotion. He also had a talented roster of players and was able to use the unfortunate circumstances of the season to motivate his team.Helton has a stacked roster as well and certainly isn’t lacking in emotion. He, however, has made the team his own. After the loss to Notre Dame, Helton slowed down the tempo of his game. Sarkisian ran a fast-paced offense designed to run a lot of plays, while Helton has opted to slow things down and increase the Trojans’ time of possession. So far, Helton’s strategy is undefeated.On the field, Helton’s game plan has turned the team around, but it seems the biggest impact has been off the field. Many players have said that Helton has made the team a family and has them playing for more than themselves. Many players have also said they hope to see Helton named the next head coach.Orgeron had the support of the team and the Trojan Family, but lacked the on-the-field success. Orgeron upset No. 4 Stanford but lost to UCLA. If Helton can close out the season with a win over UCLA, he’ll be able to do what Orgeron, and even Sarkisian, couldn’t.Unfortunately for Helton, his predecessor’s departure caused such a controversy that Haden needs to make a splash with his next hire, and Helton might not be enough. There is a lot of speculation that Haden might step down at the end of this season, though, and Helton could potentially benefit from that.I think Helton has certainly earned enough credit to enter the head coaching discussion, and if USC does not hire him, I think he’ll likely be offered a head coaching job at another school. I am rooting for Helton. If he gets an entire offseason to prepare, he’ll give USC a shot at a title, and if not, he’ll make a great head coach at another school.Regan Estes is a junior majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Wild Wild Westes,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

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Funeral For Rayshard Brooks To Be Held At MLK’s Church

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by a police officer, is to be remembered Tuesday at the church in Atlanta where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.The private funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church follows a public viewing held Monday. The Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at the church and a Democratic candidate for Senate, will deliver the eulogy.“Rayshard Brooks wasn’t just running from the police. He was running from a system that makes slaves out of people. A system that doesn’t give ordinary people who’ve made mistakes a second chance, a real shot at redemption,” Warnock plans to say, according to a short excerpt released Monday.Officer Garrett Rolfe fatally shot Brooks in the back after Brooks fired a Taser in his direction while running away after a struggle with officers outside a Wendy’s restaurant on June 12. Rolfe, 27, is white. Brooks, 27, was Black.King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, also plans to deliver remarks at Brooks’ funeral, along with a friend of his and his mother-in-law, according to a draft program released by the church.“Ebenezer is a parish for all people, a sanctuary for those who suffer,” Warnock said in a statement when the funeral plans were first announced. “Rayshard was not a member of our church but he, and his loved ones, are a part of our family. We seek to embrace them, comfort them and walk beside them in the days ahead.”Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry has offered financial help for the services, according to that statement.When officers responded to complaints of a car blocking the Wendy’s drive-thru lane, they found Brooks asleep in the car. Police body camera video then showed Brooks and officers having a calm and respectful conversation for more than 40 minutes.After conducting field sobriety tests, Rolfe told Brooks he’d had “too much to drink to be driving.” Brooks resisted being handcuffed, and he and the two officers wrestled on the ground. Brooks grabbed one of their Tasers and fired it in their direction as he ran away.An autopsy found he was shot twice in the back.Rolfe was fired and the other officer, 26-year-old Devin Brosnan, was placed on desk duty after the shooting. Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down less than 24 hours after Brooks died.Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced 11 charges against Rolfe, including felony murder, and said the officer kicked Brooks as he lay dying. Brosnan, who the prosecutor said stood on Brooks’ shoulder as he struggled for his life, is charged with aggravated assault and violating his oath.Lawyers for both men said their clients’ actions were justified.Interim police Chief Rodney Bryant has said he was surprised Howard brought charges so quickly, before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had finished looking into the shooting. The GBI said in a tweet after Howard announced the charges that the agency was not consulted on the charges.Both Rolfe and Brosnan turned themselves in Thursday. Brosnan was released on bond. Rolfe was being held without bond.last_img read more

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Want a Reward for Finding Geocaches? Keep Reading…

first_imgWe’ve recently created a list of GeoTours and reward geotrails, so you can easily find them and learn about the cool rewards that await. We’ve also added a new forum where geocachers can discuss their adventures and ask questions about GeoTours and reward geotrails.We hope these new resources can help your travel and geocaching become more rewarding than ever!Check out the map and if a geotrail with a reward is missing, let us know in comments.Washington State Parks GeoTour (Deception Pass) Geocaching HQ Staffer: Chris Ronan, Rock ChalkMy name is Rock Chalk and I’m addicted to GeoTours and geotrails which offer rewards.Whew. That feels better. Now that I’ve admitted my problem, perhaps I can persuade you to follow me into a realm where one can earn geocoins and other prizes, just for finding geocaches. (As if finding geocaches isn’t rewarding enough!) I currently work at Geocaching HQ in Seattle. But long before joining the team here, I discovered my passion for GeoTours and geotrails.GeoTours and reward geotrails are collections of geocaches that take cachers on a tour of a specific area. They’re often sponsored by local tourism boards, historical associations, and even the National Park Service. In most cases, players find a certain number of geocaches to qualify for geocoins and other prizes.A bunch of GeoTour and reward GeoTrail GeocoinsClick the GeoTours and geotrails map to exploreI first became hooked when we happened upon the Washington County GeoTrail while planning a vacation to Maryland a couple years ago. We spent a day visiting some amazing historical spots, finding geocaches, and capping it off by claiming a geocoin. Since then, I’ve enjoyed nearly 20 similar experiences throughout the United States.Official GeoTours, which are organized through Geocaching HQ, have introduced me to the beauty of the riverwalk in Columbus, GA, the incredible learning opportunities at the National Museum of Natural History, and more than 50 of Washington’s amazing state parks. I grew up in Kansas, but had little knowledge of the Santa Fe Trail until their new GeoTour inspired me to follow the Santa Fe Trail through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico last summer.Clinton County Barn Trail (Ohio) Share with your Friends:More Washington State Parks GeoTour (10,000th find at Deception Pass) SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community”Columbus RiverWalk GeoTourAugust 7, 2015In “GeoTours”HQ GeoTour completed: Souvenir earnedMay 8, 2018Similar postlast_img read more

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15 days agoBarcelona comms chief Vives denies Valdes kicked out back door

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona comms chief Vives denies Valdes kicked out back doorby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona comms chief Josep Vives denies the club kicked Victor Valdes out the back door.Valdes was sacked as U19 coach this week.Vives said, “It is a technical decision and it is not the responsibility of any spokesperson. The club always tries to make people, not just the referents, leave in the best way possible. “We disagree with the issue that Valdés has gone out the back door.”He added: “It always hurts when a person leaves the club, and more with the history of Victor. The club wanted it to work well and that his stage was long and successful.” last_img read more

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Alberta dad accused of sexually abusing daughters several times over six years

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta RCMP say three girls endured years of horrific sexual abuse and psychological imprisonment, allegedly at the hands of their father, before he was arrested and charged with 23 offences.The 41-year-old man, whose name is under a publication ban, was arrested in a small town west of Edmonton last November after an investigation by a coalition of Alberta law enforcement agencies known as ALERT.Staff Sgt. Stephen Camp said Friday that the man allegedly sexually abused his daughters multiple times over the last six years when they were under the age of 18. He declined to give their ages.He said one of the alleged victims was procured for sex on multiple occasions to strangers through online ads and the father video- recorded the assaults.“It is quite nauseating,” Camp said. “It makes the investigative community feel actually quite sick to think that for so many years of their childhood, they were psychologically imprisoned by their father for a sick and sexual purpose.“These crimes are quite monstrous to the family and to society at large.”On the day of their father’s arrest, “it was as if a dark cloud had been taken away and lifted from their lives,” Camp said.The girls, who lived with both parents and two brothers, were home-schooled and isolated from society, Camp said. Their mother was a victim as well, he added.“There was a significant amount of control and oppression that can happen in cases like this,” Camp said. “The mother was just unaware of what was actually going on.”A witness close to the family came forward to police with fourth-hand information that was “very surreal,” Camp said. The witness was extremely courageous and credible, he said, so police were able to start an investigation.The staff sergeant said there were a number of guns in the home, including a machine gun, so the situation was delicate.The accused has been co-operative so far and law enforcement agencies are trying to scrub the Internet of images of the girls’ abuse, he said. The victims are getting support to help them move on as best they can.“No child should have to endure what these three girls have survived,” he said. “There is no doubt they are going to have to manage this trauma to their lives for the rest of their lives.”The accused is to appear in an Evansburg courtroom on Monday to face charges that include five counts of sexual assault, two counts of incest, making child pornography and human trafficking.He also faces 17 firearms-related charges that were laid when his rural property was searched around the time of his arrest. Police said they seized roughly 40 restricted handguns and rifles, along with a machine gun and a dozen prohibited devices.last_img read more

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War Child Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Album Release

first_imgTo celebrate War Child’s 20th Anniversary, the charity has released an album with Parlophone Records that brings together some of the best tracks from their five albums – including the legendary ‘HELP’ from 1995, which raised £1.5 million.Best Of War Child AlbumSubsequent releases have featured the hottest names in music and raised not only funds, but profile, for our vital work.War Child 20: The Best Of was released as a digital album only on 18 February.With all proceeds of the sale coming directly to War Child, the album tracks have been selected to show the diversity and quality of all the artists who have supported the charity for the last two decades.To further commemorate their 20th anniversary, long time supporters Muse are giving away a free track to fans. Over six minutes long, the track starts with Muse’s take on the classic ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ before turning into an explosive version of ‘Time Is Running Out’. Download it here.The track listing for the Best Of album is as follows: Come Together: Smokin’ Mojo Filters (Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher) Lucky: Radiohead Fade Away: Oasis Mourning Air: Portishead Fake The Aroma: Massive Attack Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head: Manic Street Preachers Shipbuilding: Suede Miss Sarajevo: Passengers (U2 and Luciano Pavarotti) House Of The Rising Sun: Muse Ghost Town: The Prodigy Calico Skies: Paul McCartney Everyone Says Hi (Metro Mix): David Bowie Vietnam: New Order How You See The World No.2: Coldplay Hong Kong: Gorillaz Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Keane Transmission: Hot Chip Leopard-Skin-Pill-Box-Hat: Beck Straight To Hell: Lily Allen (ft. Mick Jones) Running To Stand Still: ElbowTo find out how to download your copy of the album, click here.Source:War Childlast_img read more

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