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March 7, 2013 | By Richard Lavinthal
About 20 percent of America is suffering from a poor "credit health history" due to widespread inaccuracies in their data reported by at least one of the big three reporting agencies, the Federal Trade Commission announced recently. Some inaccuracies have caused unjustified higher fees for borrowing. But at least Americans can easily spot problems in their financial reports. They may be difficult or impossible to fix, but those records have to be provided to consumers. There are far more important records that may contain dangerous, inaccurate data, but aren't available anywhere: our personal medical files.
NEWS
September 6, 1996
Americans have the right to detailed information about the health of presidential candidates before they put one of them in the Oval Office. And they deserve updates after that. Bill Clinton shortchanged the public as a candidate four years ago, and he is doing it again now. He seems to think that his robust appearance, backed by sunny words and skimpy details from his spokesman, will suffice. It won't. The health of his 73-year-old opponent, Bob Dole, has been documented by medical records released last year, and further explained in an interview Mr. Dole's doctor gave to a medical reporter for The New York Times.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2012 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Electronic medical records are considered by many health-care experts an essential tool in eventually providing better and more cost-efficient health care for Americans, but the implementation process is still in its infancy and has teething pains, as explained in a government report released Thursday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have provided financial incentives for doctors and hospitals to implement effective electronic records. According to CMS records, 51 hospitals in Pennsylvania and 15 in New Jersey have received payments, as have 3,798 Pennsylvania doctors and 2,135 of their colleagues in New Jersey.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit formed to facilitate the electronic sharing of medical records among hospitals, doctors and insurers, has established its first link, between the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Crozer-Keystone Health System. The development, announced last week by HealthShare officials, was a big step in the highly fragmented Philadelphia-area health-care market, because the exchange could eventually close expensive information gaps that lead to redundant testing and other waste.
SPORTS
July 10, 2015 | John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
YOU MIGHT THINK journalistic integrity would be a simple concept - something covered almost immediately in Journalism 101 and then beaten into every reporter's head forever after. To be honest, on some level that is exactly what happens. The problem is that "journalistic integrity," just like regular integrity, sometimes falls into those hazy shades of gray that do not present a universal definition. In almost every case, journalistic integrity comes down to a few opinions decided by an individual reporter and the directors of the news entity that person works for. Something viewed as pushing the envelope by one news organization could be no big deal by another, or way out of bounds by a third.
NEWS
May 10, 2005 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Patients can now create their own online medical records, receive electronic health alerts tailored to their ailments, and exchange e-mail with their doctors free of charge, under a service unveiled yesterday. The for-profit venture, called iHealthRecord, is part of an ongoing trend toward converting patient records, many of which still are maintained on paper, to the Internet. Health-care economists say conversion of patient records to databases linked to the Internet would save billions of dollars and greatly improve patient care by, among other things, helping to avoid medical errors.
NEWS
March 6, 1994 | By Robert S. Boyd, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Picture this: A man is found unconscious and rushed to the emergency room. Doctors fish in his wallet and find his Social Security number. They punch the number into a huge computer network with access to the medical records of every American. Within seconds, the doctors know all about the man - every allergy, diagnosis and treatment he's ever had. Now picture this: Potential employers, insurance companies or political adversaries punch that same Social Security number, tap into that same network - and find out about the man's drinking habits, his vasectomy and his psychoanalysis.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury awarded $1.3 million on Tuesday to the estate of a baby boy who died in 2011 after undergoing complex heart surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. By an 11-1 vote, the jury found that Adrian Wilson's death was caused by an excessive amount of calcium administered by anesthesiologist Veronica C. Swanson. Attorneys for the boy's estate had decided to drop the hospital as a defendant in the case, heard in Common Pleas Court, but the sides stipulated that the doctor was acting as the hospital's agent.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cerner Corp., of North Kansas City, Mo., said Monday that it completed its $1.3 billion purchase of Malvern's Siemens Health Services, joining two rivals in the rapidly changing field of health-information technology. Cerner offered jobs to all but a few of the roughly 2,800 Siemens employees in Malvern, with 95 percent to 97 percent of them accepting the offers, said Dick Flanigan, a senior vice president at Cerner. "We wanted to maintain and build upon much of the work that's been done by the Malvern team," Flanigan said, adding that the deal included Siemens' corporate campus.
NEWS
September 14, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The candidate was a woman of a certain age in a hard-fought campaign, and when she fainted in public, the pundits - mostly men - were unrelenting. No, not Hillary Clinton. We're talking about Philadelphia's storied "one tough cookie" - Lynne M. Abraham, the former district attorney who fainted under the lights during the first televised mayoral debate in April 2015. "I was watching and saw it and said, 'Hey, the same thing happened to me!' " Abraham said Monday, referring to the TV coverage of Clinton, 68, appearing to collapse as she got into a car at the Sept.
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September 14, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The candidate was a woman of a certain age in a hard-fought campaign, and when she fainted in public, the pundits - mostly men - were unrelenting. No, not Hillary Clinton. We're talking about Philadelphia's storied "one tough cookie" - Lynne M. Abraham, the former district attorney who fainted under the lights during the first televised mayoral debate in April 2015. "I was watching and saw it and said, 'Hey, the same thing happened to me!' " Abraham said Monday, referring to the TV coverage of Clinton, 68, appearing to collapse as she got into a car at the Sept.
SPORTS
July 27, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
IT SEEMS so long ago now, even Nolan Carroll can't remember all the details, but it was a running play, early in the second quarter of that disastrous Thanksgiving game at Detroit, disastrous for Carroll and for the Eagles. "It was a bunch of bodies just coming. I think somebody rolled on me; I pulled this (left) leg out in time, but then I felt this (right) leg, and I couldn't get it all the way out in time. I just felt it kind of crack," Carroll recalled Monday. As the defensive back rode a cart off the field during the Eagles' 45-14 loss, he carried with him the broken pieces of the strong case he'd made for a free-agent payday, in 27 Eagles games in two seasons.
NEWS
July 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: On a recent trip out of state, my husband became ill. The hotel we stayed in referred us to a nearby urgent care walk-in clinic. The nurse took his blood pressure, which was very high. The "doctor" never took his temperature or mentioned the high blood pressure to us. He prescribed six drugs and we went on our way. My husband was happy; I was not. When we returned home, I looked up the doctor's name on the internet. Actually, he was a physician's assistant, not a medical doctor.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
For businesses and health-care institutions, the threat of cyber fraud is on the rise, unleashing fierce competition among law firms and consultants seeking to advise them. Medical records are especially ripe targets because fraudsters can milk the full value of a health-insurance policy. But, for all the high-tech and legal firepower available, some experts say the best protection may be better training of employees. As the threat rises, so have the ranks of lawyers making it a specialty.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury awarded $1.3 million on Tuesday to the estate of a baby boy who died in 2011 after undergoing complex heart surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. By an 11-1 vote, the jury found that Adrian Wilson's death was caused by an excessive amount of calcium administered by anesthesiologist Veronica C. Swanson. Attorneys for the boy's estate had decided to drop the hospital as a defendant in the case, heard in Common Pleas Court, but the sides stipulated that the doctor was acting as the hospital's agent.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is still deciding whether to press murder charges in last week's death of Robert Barnes, a homeless man severely beaten in Olney in April. Barnes was left in a vegetative state after a group of women and juveniles allegedly beat him with a rocking chair leg, a hammer, and their fists. He died Nov. 25 at a hospital in Abington. Prosecutors had said they would seek murder charges upon Barnes' death, but District Attorney's Office spokesman Cameron Kline said officials were still reviewing the case.
SPORTS
July 10, 2015 | John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
YOU MIGHT THINK journalistic integrity would be a simple concept - something covered almost immediately in Journalism 101 and then beaten into every reporter's head forever after. To be honest, on some level that is exactly what happens. The problem is that "journalistic integrity," just like regular integrity, sometimes falls into those hazy shades of gray that do not present a universal definition. In almost every case, journalistic integrity comes down to a few opinions decided by an individual reporter and the directors of the news entity that person works for. Something viewed as pushing the envelope by one news organization could be no big deal by another, or way out of bounds by a third.
NEWS
May 10, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most of the last 91/2 years, Jose Alicea sat in prison awaiting trial while his lawyer pursued the theory that Alicea's intellectual and emotional problems made him prone to falsely confessing to a 2005 murder in an Olney restaurant. On Friday, a Philadelphia judge sentenced Alicea, who has professed a prison conversion to Christianity and in December pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the death of George Esroy Rowe, to 17 to 35 years in prison. Alicea, now 28, apologized for killing Rowe to the 21-year-old victim's family, to his own mother and family, and to his wife and a daughter who has grown up without him. "I'm deeply sorry for firing the gun that took George Rowe's life," Alicea said.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is "not doing well," his family said Tuesday. Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the state Correctional Institution-Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville on Monday after passing out, his wife, Wadiya Jamal, said outside the hospital. His blood sugar level was very high, 779, when he arrived at the hospital and remains above 300, she said. Anything above 186 is considered dangerously high.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paulsboro Mayor Jeffery Hamilton was on several medications for bronchitis and hypertension, and had had a beer and a shot on the night he was arrested in Woolwich Township for drunken driving, his attorney said Wednesday. Charles Block told a judge he wanted an expert to review Hamilton's medical records to determine whether the mix of alcohol and medications influenced Hamilton's actions and made him appear intoxicated. Municipal Court Judge Jason D. Witcher in Carneys Point, where the case was moved to avoid a potential conflict, granted the request.
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