How the US health care system will work: Here’s how you can learn more about the system’s new ‘health information bank’

Health care providers and consumers are already sharing personal information and information about their health, but what happens when health care providers also share that information with businesses?A new bank of health information is part of the effort, and the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the first step in creating the …

What does it take to identify a Zika virus infection?

Health care professionals can help determine whether an individual has been exposed to the Zika virus, according to a report in The Journal of the American Medical Association.The report found that a diagnosis can help a person understand their risk of contracting the Zika infection, and that the number of people who test positive may …

Identifiable health data: Why it’s important and how to collect it

Health information can be very valuable.If you’ve ever seen the TV show CSI, it’s very common for a forensic scientist to collect DNA samples from suspects to identify them and to identify those individuals who might have committed the crime.If a crime victim or suspect doesn’t have an identity, a DNA test can help identify …