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New Study Finds Patchwork of Marijuana Law Across U.S. States

State laws disparately regulate patient registration and civil rights, product safety labeling and packaging, and dispensaries, according to a new study published in Addiction by a team of researchers including Jennifer Ibrahim, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Health Services Administration and Policy at the College of Public Health.

Posted:  July 12, 2017

Opinion: Healthcare Data Security Starts in Your Inbox

The sheer volume of information generated in today’s healthcare environment is enough to make any chief information officer cringe. But there is another factor to consider these days: On the black market, medical information is 40 times as valuable as a credit card number. If someone’s AMEX number might fetch $1, that same person’s data-rich healthcare record – full of information like date of birth, Social Security number, and other important identifiers, each one the better to establish a new account with – would fetch $40.

Posted:  May 1, 2017

Career Builder: Joseph Boateng

Weeks before he receives his Master of Science degree in health informatics, Joseph Boateng took his next step along an already clear career path. In his new role as operations manager of health information management at Jefferson University Hospital, he oversees all the health information activities and resources for Jefferson University Physicians. 

“Jefferson is a fast-paced, innovative environment and a great place to be for healthcare technology,” he says.

Posted:  April 18, 2017

Safety First: Q&A with Savannah Gore (MPH ’17)

Savannah Gore, MPH 2017In her role as a health and medical planning coordinator at the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, Savannah Gore draws on the many skills and the unique perspective she’s gained in her military service. Since 2014 Specialist Gore has served the U.S. Army Reserves as a healthcare specialist (or medic, in civilian terms) and hazardous materials first responder.

Posted:  April 14, 2017

Biobanking Study: Donor Families Would Trade Access for Confidentiality

The technology to acquire genome sequence data from biobanked tissue samples has outpaced the ability to protect large databases from security breaches, raising the issue of whether loss of confidentiality risk should be discussed with donor families during the consent process.

A new study coauthored by College of Public Health Dean Laura A. Siminoff and Associate Professor Heather Traino examines how well families who donate tissue to a biobank—or decide not to donate—understand the risks and implications of a potential confidentiality breach.

Posted:  April 13, 2017