#Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags

A new paper from a team led but Mauricio Santillana, a mathematician, and member of the computational health informatics team at Boston Children’s Hospital, offers this in a new paper: We show that information from Internet-based data sources, when combined using an informed, robust methodology, can be effectively used as early indicators of influenza activity … Continue reading #Internet-based data can help track the #flu when official data lags

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Patients advocates gone wild! Internet offers new tools to those who disagree with science in the news.

From our MIT friends over at Undark. Patient advocates and reporters take note.   On the "public radio show Science Friday, host Ira Flatow and his guest, Popular Science senior editor Sophie Bushwick, built on Chodosh’s (cell phones and health) story. “There’s no strong evidence to suggest that these devices aren’t safe,” said Flatow. “It's creating … Continue reading Patients advocates gone wild! Internet offers new tools to those who disagree with science in the news.

Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars

In Somerville tonight  The Scientists of The Fenway Institute On Diversity and Doctors: The Science of Inclusive Healthcare Monday, January 29th, 6:30-8:00pm at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville MA 02144) (directions) People are diverse; healthcare should reflect that diversity. Founded in 1971 on the belief that “healthcare is a right, not a privilege”, Fenway … Continue reading Events this week: #Healthcare, #diversity and #selfdrivingcars

Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”

The Globe reports the death of Jonathan Fine, MD, one of the founders of Physicians for Human right, which the paper describes as a "worldwide advocacy organization." Over the past three decades, the organization has investigated and documented the medical effects of war crimes and mass atrocities in more than 60 nations around the world … Continue reading Jonathan Fine, MD, of Cambridge, one of the founders of Physicians for Human Right, died last week: “We’re never going to be deprived of an opportunity to combat injustice.”

What? Boston Globe on new approaches to hearing loss

Two items worth checking out. Robert Weisman's Globe story on technology to address hearing loss. Millions of boomers are now grappling with hearing loss — some of it caused by turning the volume to 11 — prompting companies to develop treatments that improve upon the expensive and often limited-value hearing aids and surgical implants that … Continue reading What? Boston Globe on new approaches to hearing loss

BI: Partner’s #security chief warns:”You can do a lot with the information contained in a #healthrecord,” including get a credit card.

Business Insider quotes MGH Chief Medical Officer O’Neil Britton who spoke at Hub Week on hospital cybersecurity. “We have 72,000 employees with credentials to log into our computer system,” says O’Neill. “Our network has many components, including a financial clearance system and an electronic health records database. Not all 72,000 employees can get into each … Continue reading BI: Partner’s #security chief warns:”You can do a lot with the information contained in a #healthrecord,” including get a credit card.

Boston researcher in NYTimes on why the US spends so much on health care. The answer is same as it was in 2003 — prices.

Austin Frakt,  director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System writes in The New York Times today: A large part of the answer can be found in the title of a 2003 paper in Health Affairs by the Princeton University health economist Uwe Reinhardt: “It’s the prices, stupid.” He … Continue reading Boston researcher in NYTimes on why the US spends so much on health care. The answer is same as it was in 2003 — prices.