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- Mobile devices can cut costs and improve healthcare, but they also dramatically increase the potential vulnerability of personal patient information. Learn how healthcare providers are adapting technological solutions to their needs.

Pandemic Expert Sets Record Straight on Swine Flu for CSO Roundtable

- Speaking with ASIS International's CSO Roundtable this morning, a disaster epidemiologist discussed the swine flu scare while advising organizations how they can ready themselves if infections strike their employees.

Map: Swine Flu's Spread

- Biomedical research Henry Niman's Google map showing swine flu's spread across the globe.

Pandemic Planning: From the Archives

- In light of the current flu outbreak, and with the first death in the U.S. now reported, it's worth taking a look at this September 2008 article on pandemic planning by Mario Possamai from the archives of Security Management.

Problems with Pandemic Monitoring

- Fearing that the West will take bird flu data but withhold resulting vaccines, Indonesia is holding on to its monitoring results.

Swine Flu Shows Importance of Preparedness

- Public health officials have generally approved of the Obama administration's response to the swine flu outbreak. Many cite the Bush administration's investment in pandemic planning as a key behind the quick response.

Thermal Screening for Flu Symptoms

- In an effort to contain the spread of the new swine flu, the U.S. is doing "passive" surveillance at airports and other entry points.

Europe Urges its Citizens to Forego Travel to Mexico and United States

- The European Union has urged its citizens to forego all nonessential travel to Mexico and the United States as Europe's first infection of swine flu was confirmed in a hospitalized man in eastern Spain, reports The New York Times. (updated)

Public Health Emergency Declared

- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency April 26, 2009, after finding confirmed cases of Swine Influenza A (swH1N1) in California, Texas, Kansas, and New York.

U.S. Hospitals Better Prepared for Medical Emergencies

- Hospitals have stockpiled emergency supplies and medicines, have improved communication systems,conduct more frequent and higher quality disaster exercises, and better coordinate plans with communities. Those are among the findings of a new report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Elsewhere in the Courts: Negligent Hiring

- A patient who was sexually assaulted by a nurse may pursue her negligent hiring lawsuit against the hospital where the assailant worked. The plaintiff argued that if the hospital had conducted a background check, it would have found that the nurse had been fired from previous jobs for assaulting female patients. A lower court held that the plaintiff could not sue the hospital because the nurse was officially employed by a third party. The California appellate court ruled that the hospital had sufficient supervisory authority over those working at the facility to be held liable for the nurse’s actions. (C.R. v. Tenet Healthcare Corporation, California Court of Appeal, No. B201220, 2009)

State Legislation: Virginia: Immunity

- Virginia lawmakers have enacted a provision (formerly H.B. 403) that grants immunity to healthcare providers who deliver services during disasters. Barring gross negligence or willful misconduct, healthcare providers are immune from civil liability for any injury or wrongful death arising from care or from abandonment during a man-made or natural disaster.

Pandemic Preparedness

- States have made great progress in preparing for bioterrorism, but there’s a level of complacency developing as well. There’s much more to learn in the annual assessment of the country’s preparedness for bioterrorism attacks by the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health.
 




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