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By John on 1/30/2012 7:37 AM

EpicEpic is the darling of many electronic health record users: many users have spoken of it positively and certainly the New York Time’s January 15th Epic Systems, Digitizing Health Records Before It Was Cool article about them lends it high praise – without any criticism. However there are some more frank discussions about the Epic powerhouse. This Google+ thread, initiated by the insightful Brian Ahier, has a number of alternate views that counterbalances the NYT’s puff piece on Epic. Also pretty revealing are the views of Epic’s own employees, as can be seen on GlassDoor,...
By John on 1/11/2012 4:01 PM

clip_image001Bellevue College’s Helen Clarke, Program Coordinator of their Health Information Technology Consortium, has just posted details on their upcoming “The Future of Healthcare in Washington State” conference on March 29th, 2012 from 9 am – 5 pm, at Bellevue College.

A number of notable keynotes including Mary Selecky, WA Secretary of Health and Nancy Fisher, Chief Medical Officer for CMM...
By John on 1/11/2012 8:51 AM

privacyRights.orgThe healthcare industry experiences more data breaches than any other industry, according to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) data.

PRC maintains a database of privacy breaches from 2005 to the present. When available, the database includes what type of information was breached, how many records were affected, the organization that was storing the data, the types of records accessed, and a narrative of the circumstances surrounding the breach.

By John on 1/11/2012 8:38 AM

Per DarkReading, WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) has a design flaw that allows one to relatively easily guess the PIN in a few hours, then access the router’s WPA password.

According to US-CERT’s Vulnerability Note VU#723755,

The WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) PIN is susceptible to a brute force attack. A design flaw that exists in the WPS specification for the PIN authentication significantly reduces the time required to brute force the entire PIN because it allows an attacker to know when the first half of the 8 digit PIN is correct. The lack of a proper lock out policy after a certain number of failed attempts to guess...
By John on 1/9/2012 12:20 PM
Broadcom's branding for their new line of chipsets that support 801.11ac Four times the spectral frequency (i.e., density) via QAM encoding, plus 2-4 the frequency channel, plus using some funky kind of magic to ensure reflected signals arrive in phase with each other looks to dramatically boost bandwidth via Wi-Fi – though the reliance only on 5 GHz signals may actually reduce signal distance/penetration. Future support for up to 8 spectral streams (over...
By John on 1/9/2012 11:19 AM
image At the Consumer Electronics Show today Canon released their new Powershot flagship, the GX 1. With the new DIGIC 5 processor and most critically a much larger, 1.5-inch 14.3-megapixel CMOS sensor it looks good – but only offers a disappointing 4x optical zoom. With much of the market pretty happy just using their Smartphone now (“The best camera is the one you have with you”) – one wonders how many of these they’ll sell at $800.

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