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- Advice on what hospitals need to do if they decide to arm their guards, and a look at the problems of gangs in the military.

Case Study

- A hospital found an access control system that allowed security to maintain control while helping to secure sensitive locations.

'Culture of Tolerance' Enables Violence Against Nurses, Says Hospital Administrator

- An Emergency Nurses Association survey found that most incidences of abuse toward nurses aren't formally reported. One hospital administrator fears that hospital violence has become an accepted occupational hazard.

U.S. Government Asks Science Journals to Redact Flu Research

- National Institute of Health officials are asking two science journals to remove or redact information gathered from flu experiments out of biosecurity concerns.

CHEMM-IST to help First Responders Diagnose Chemical Exposure

- Diagnosing illness after a mass casualty chemical attack? Ask a CHEMM-IST.

Healthcare Industry Still Struggling with Information Breaches

- The healthcare industry experiences more data breaches than any other industry, according to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse data. Most breaches came after portable data devices went missing.

Yale Students Develop Rapid Bacteria Detector

- A team of engineering graduate students at Yale is working to create a new technology that could help prevent widespread food-borne illness and lead to quicker diagnosis of bacterial infections.

Breast Cancer Survivor Creates Prosthesis ID Card for Travelers

- A breast cancer survivor creates an ID card to help others using prostheses pass through security. It doesn’t exempt survivors from searches, but helps them move through security more discreetly.

USPS Reductions Won’t Affect its Door-to-Door Anthrax Response Capability

- Despite financial woes, the USPS remains ready to act as a first responder to a biological attack.

Sick of Data Protection Rules?

- One medical center finds a healthy approach to meeting all of its compliance requirements.

Pandemic Planning

- Pandemic planning and information sharing among government agencies and stakeholders paid off during the H1N1 scare, says a new Government Accountability Office report. However, the report also found that the government’s credibility diminished when vaccine supplies did not meet public expectations.

Implantable Medical Devices: Hacks and Countermeasures

- Vulnerability of implanted medical devices is the topic of a presentation at Black Hat. Elsewhere, reports indicate that researchers are already developing countermeasures.

Hardware Theft Leads the List of Reasons for Medical Information Breaches

- Cybersecurity is a primary concern as corporate workplaces cozy up to mobile technology like smartphones and tablets, but physical theft of devices still remains the number one cause of security breaches of private health information, according to a Department of Health and Human Services database of health information breaches.
 




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