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Make the Connection: Using Tech to Find Mental Health Resources

Mental illness still carries a huge stigma, causing embarrassment for those with mental illness that often prevents them for reaching out for help when they are struggling. Fear of being judged as unstable, potentially violent or “crazy” can prevent those with mental illness from getting the help they need. Access to mental health care also has historically been a challenge.

Technology is one possible way to help breakdown stigma and barriers to care and can provide a tool to help raise awareness and build support. Here are some ways the tech community can help those with mental illness.

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Rise of Data Analytics Heightens Need for PHI Security

2013 significantly changed the context of the healthcare security and privacy conversation. From the Snowden NSA revelations, to HIPAA Omnibus rule, changes in breach characteristics, to connected devices, mhealth, IoT and increasing use of cloud and corporate BYOD policies, one thing is clear: security by obscurity equals no security at all. The burden of protecting PHI is now spread across all data holders, patients, providers and payers alike. Lauren Still outlines some of the unique security issues that need to be addressed as healthcare technology moves into a data analytics mindset.

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2014 is a Landmark Year in Medicine: More Digital Natives Practicing than Digital Immigrants

It is predicted that 2014 will be the first time in medicine when there will be more digital natives practicing medicine than digital immigrants. Angela Dunn interviews Anna Clemenson about a new initiative, The Student Leadership Program, which will be a part of Medicine X at Stanford, September 5-7, 2014. Applications for the program are being accepted now, and will close January 20, 2014.

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Establishing Trust in the mHealth Marketplace

Developers, focus on clinical quality, real information security, and carefully evaluate the legitimacy and value any certification pursued. For those in the healthcare IT and mhealth communities, particularly in media and press, always be in the habit of fact checking and peer review before blindly passing along press releases and link bait. Patients and consumers rely on your information, and your stamp of approval, and it’s important for the success of the health innovation movement that members of our community turn a critical eye to claims from any organization. A little due diligence goes a long way.

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Project Health Design Standards-Based Model

Growth of Quantified Self, Part 4: The Future of Health Design

Part 4 of Angela’s quantified self series explores a platform that enables users to design health “projects” for tracking across all devices, the RWJF’s Project Health Design, and a proposed standards-based model for patient-generated health information that helps integrate with EHRs. Each of these projects are fascinating and illustrate the speed self-tracking technology is progressing.

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