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The staggering amount of personal health data now being collected for treatment or billing purposes has a life beyond the doctor's clipboard. The data is collected, stripped of personally identifying information ("de-identified") and re-used in ways that are vital for medical breakthroughs, improving patient care, or predicting public health trends.  And it's just as valuable when used for targeted marketing campaigns or eliminating inefficiencies in the healthcare...

In a case that raises as many questions as the average sighting of Big Foot, a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this week that law enforcement officers didn't need a warrant to obtain GPS location information generated by his cell phone.

The court’s analysis has been roundly criticized as legally incorrect,...

Consumer use of mobile technologies to stay healthy or manage a chronic health condition is increasing; likewise, an increasing number are using these technologies as a digital link to their doctors.  Yet, unlike health care providers who must follow federal privacy and security rules when using mobile technologies to share a patient's health information, no such rules...

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