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California adopts the first online privacy law in the nation

California adopts the first online privacy law in the nation, restricting the data-collection practices of technology companies.

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Ohio introduces blockchain recognition bill, joining nationwide trend

Proposed legislation includes smart contract language

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Mayo Clinic switches over to Epic Systems EHR management

Key milestone in $1.5 billion transition by the world famous clinic

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NIH’s ‘All of Us’ electronic health records study now open to everyone over 18

Program seeks one million volunteers to aid precision medicine research

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Hacker who broke into jail’s IT to change inmate’s records sentenced to seven years in prison

Prosecutors say his breach cost Washtenaw County, Michigan more than $200,000 to investigate

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Printed consent forms cost the average hospital millions each year, says analysis

Maintaining paper documentation can run a 1,500-bed hospital $4 million each year, says CynergisTek

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Australian venture restarting coal-fired electric plant to power blockchain development

Consortium seeks to lure blockchain entrepreneurs to the Hunter Valley north of Sydney

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EHR advocates back nationwide disaster-preparedness initiative

PULSE aims to get patients’ records into emergency physicians’ hands during crises

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Arizona passes another blockchain law as states vie for business attention

Recent statement from ESRA questions usefulness of all these state laws

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eOriginal, MERSCORP partner to develop new eNote solution for digital mortgage industry

eNote Solutions promises to accelerate entry into digital mortgage market

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Judge rules PACER fees cannot fund most courtroom technology

Federal judiciary will be liable for certain fees collected going back to 2002.

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Tennessee passes blockchain law unanimously, widening trend of legislation

Now the seventh state to signal it’s blockchain business friendly.

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DocuSign formally files for highly anticipated IPO

Will trade on Nasdaq’s Global Select Market as DOCU.

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Study: Paper health records present a privacy risk to patients

Lax or inconsistent disposal policies can put out sensitive material in EHR changeovers

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ESRA Lobbies in Washington

Electronic records preservation bill finally makes it out of House committee

Proposed Electronic Message Preservation Act survives on the fourth try

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Medicare’s push for portability of electronic health records: easier said than done

Bipartisan support for MyHealthEData won’t be enough to pry health records from outdated systems

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Veterans Affairs promises smooth changeover to new electronic health records

Contractors expect each patient to have at least five years of records transferred to the new system, says lawmaker

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Benefits managers tout ‘auto locate’ as a way to find owners of inactive accounts

Electronic records searching, plus an algorithm, pair terminated accounts with employees who moved on without them

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Cerner checks in on one-year anniversary of huge Defense Department EHR rollout

More work to be done, but some gains seen at four pilot sites in Washington state

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Study says electronic records don’t defray administrative costs of healthcare in U.S.

Even with streamlined systems, they can account for 25 percent of overall cost of service, says Duke-Harvard research

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California takes up blockchain with bill to recognize it and smart contracts

The largest of several states so far to pass or consider blockchain contract law

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Senators press Social Security Administration to update e-signature system

Electronic signature acceptance would help combat ‘synthetic identity fraud’ they argue.

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Mississippi lawmakers join anti-‘zapper’ fight

Devices falsify electronic records to circumvent state sales tax obligations

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Indiana moves to recognize e-signatures on wills and trusts

Proposed law moves to state senate after unanimous vote

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DocMagic celebrates 300 million mortgages processed

Demand for electronic mortgages and signings up across all platforms, company reports

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Health records coming to iPhones through Apple partnership with major providers

Feature is in beta for iOS now; 12 healthcare providers begin trial

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Arizona proposal sets up fight over public electronic records

Lawmaker says communication on private devices should stay that way; court seems to disagree

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Visa making signatures optional in April; Discover getting rid of them

Credit card companies cite better security, improved customer experience

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States begin new year with blockchain legislation

Tennessee, Nebraska and Florida legislatures join a trend

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Illinois state assembly opens blockchain subcommittee

Will study benefits to state government and where regulation should — and should not — apply

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Analysts expect an even bigger year for blockchain in 2018

Breakthroughs made in 2017, but still plenty of room to grow

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Iced tea maker pivots to … blockchain? And sees its share price double

Long Island Iced Tea Corp. to rebrand as ‘Long Blockchain Corp.’

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Credit union association asks St. Louis Fed to recognize e-signatures for auto loans

Lack of clear guidance ‘directly affects credit unions’ access to liquidity.’

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Electronic records conclude holidays pose biggest risk to dogs for chocolate poisoning

Even small amounts can make a dog miserable and rack up a huge vet bill

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A 127-year-old New York law bans present-day ‘ballot selfies’

Judge overrides free-speech concerns of grass-roots activists

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Seeing big savings long term, Napa County moves to digitize records

Winemaking county spends $100,000 a year to store 30 million paper records

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VA’s contract with Cerner hits a snag after secretary’s comments on interoperability

Interoperability with civilian healthcare providers adds complexity to VA’s plans

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Startup gets backing to bring electronic signatures to Twitter

‘Twignature’ could help curb fake news behavior, trolls

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Demand for Bitcoin surges, leading to more ATMs in Atlanta area

Now one of the top three Bitcoin ATM markets in the U.S.

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Competing health care providers create plan to share their electronic records

Two companies in Charlotte, N.C. area call cooperation a win for both their patients

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Another delay in OSHA’s EHR requirements may mean changes coming in reporting rules

Employers given yet another extension on deadline to report workplace injuries electronically

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Country doctor who doesn’t use a computer won’t get license back

Stopped accepting insurance three years ago because of electronic health record requirements

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Health secretary nominee places priority on electronic health records management

Says Medicare is a means of optimizing workflow, increasing interoperability

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Report: Cerner and Amazon Web Services on verge of major partnership

CNBC says the two will formally join up at AWS’ annual conference next week

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New York City pushes for e-registration apps after low turnout in 2017 elections

Bill would create website, mobile app accepting e-signatures for voter registration

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Car insurance lawsuit moves forward on question of auto-population of electronic signatures

Plaintiff says he didn’t waive coverage; autopopulated signature says he did

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