Imprivata Healthcare News Watch 4/01/13

We hope everyone had a great Easter or Passover this last week, and for those for whom it was just a Saturday and Sunday, we hope you had a great weekend too!  Check out what news we’re interested in this week.

We are following developments in the imPatient movement, the Watson computer’s first medical diagnosis and biometric mobile security.

What are you reading this week?

Q&A: The imPatient Movement Healthcare IT News - A new advocacy group launched at HIMSS13 in New Orleans earlier last month. The imPatient Movement wants to change the conversation about patient engagement – giving voice to healthcare consumers and pushing for more fruitful data exchange between patients and their physicians. With Stage 2 meaningful use set to make patient empowerment a centerpiece, the new organization, founded by NoMoreClipboard, Microsoft HealthVault and Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc, seeks to "empower patients, healthcare providers and health IT organizations to collaborate and advocate for swift and meaningful action in making electronic health information accessible, interoperable and actionable."

IBM's Watson Starts Its Medical Career KevinMD - The prodigy “cognitive system” completed its training in less than a year at the illustrious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and although only proficient in lung cancer right now, Dr. Watson's career as an advisor to oncologists everywhere is off to a great start. A recently released video demonstration shows Dr. Watson in action, researching, evaluating and treating a 37 year old woman with newly diagnosed stage IV lung cancer in his advisory capacity to a hurried and pretty uninspiring human oncologist. Dr. Watson, scours 3,469 text books, 69 guidelines, 247,460 journal articles 106,054 other clinical documents and 61,540 clinical trials, and evaluates their contents against the patient's EMR to identify need for further diagnostic tests and treatment options for this patient.

Why Your Next Phone Will Include Fingerprint, Facial, and Voice Recognition Forbes Inc. - According to a recent study, 44% of users said that password protecting their phones and devices was too much of a hassle – worse, 30% weren't even worried about mobile security at all. From 0000 to 9999 there are 10,000 possible combinations of digits, yet in a sample of 3.4 million passwords, over 10% were cases in which somebody decided that “1234″ was their best choice. For years now, consumers have been demanding a better way, something more convenient and less time-consuming. As it turns out, they may have had the answer all along without even knowing it – their body parts can serve as their next password.