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Research on medical marijuana – supplanting prescribed medications.

In an interesting aside, researchers have identified a link to lower prescription drug use in states that have adopted medical marijuana use. This seems pretty significant especially in populations like seniors. You can have a look at the target research via NPR here. Advertisements

Powerpoint vulnerabilities

Well, looks like good ole Powerpoint has a new exploit. For all you tech types who are rolling your eyes you should look on this as an opportunity. Why you ask? Mostly because of MS’ great new security tool EMET. The details on the CVE list a quick fix using EMET that you can deploy. … Continue reading

GDELT – a humongous approach

Saw an announcement today that Google has opened up use of the GDELT database. This is a global dataset that tracks worldwide data back to 1979. Pretty amazing as well is the use of the BIGQUERY cloud system (running SQL) that allows you to reasonably mine the system. For all you infojunkies out there like … Continue reading

Own your own domain name? You ought to see this.

Lots of folks who own and run their own internet domains don’t pay enough attention to site security. Just ran across a guy who is doing validation on you SHA certificates (security). Have a look here if you do so you can check and correct things if it matters to you. Fairly easy.

Where did they all go?

As a political scientist (among other things) I’m always curious about U.S. stats concerning citizens. Recent work on the latest census data shows a really interesting picture of where people live in the country. Have a look at this article from the folks at Business Insider.

Oh you’re insecure? So’s email

Talk to healthcare providers all the time who have no clue about some of the tools they are using and how they compromise consumer/patient privacy and security. Our friends at Sophos wrote a pretty good little summary on the topic. Check it out here.

Using Health IT to reduce Rx errors

The AHRQ will be holding an informative webinar on this topic on Aug 26. Consider signing up at their portal. This is one of the premier usages of health technology to improve care.

Someone to read on Healthcare

I have to admit I’ve recently found Kristine Martin Anderson, from the Booz-Allen group (some name, huh?) and I like what she has to say. Here are a couple of samples. They discuss data liquidity and how IT is helpful. Check them out and let me know.

Want to help someone?

I love the TED talks. But let’s face it, some make more sense than others. At least they do to me. So, here is a recent TED talk on the costs and opportunities of governmental assistance to Third-World Countries. Recommended.

OCR advice – de-identifying patient data

Haven’t had the time to look at this one closely but it’s an important topic. Everyone wants to do research but frankly going through privacy boards to get access to a data set is a long and arduous task. I’d love feedback on this guide to see how effective you think it might be.