ITUpdate June 2014

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» An app developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U of I at Chicago allows healthcare providers to analyze a patient's gait. GaitTrack uses eight motion parameters after a person takes a short walk. The app can provide data more cheaply and accurately than a medical accelerometer, and can be installed on a smartphone. Results were published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health

» The Application Development & Deployment market comprised nearly 23% of total software revenues in 2013, according to a May report from International Data Corporation called the Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker. The worldwide software market grew 5.5% to a total market size of $369 billion, analysts said. 

» New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University have entered into the largest-ever government settlement over an electronic data breach, totaling $4.8 million, the Department of Health and Human Services announced in May. The breach occurred when a Columbia University physician and computer application developer attempted to deactivate a server he personally owned that was on a data network shared with New York Presbyterian, according to HHS. The two organizations operate jointly as New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

» Monitoring Wikipedia may reveal how many people have the flu, according to a new analysis from Boston Children's Hospital. The model, published in PLOS Computational Biology in April, finds flu levels in the United States up to two weeks before the data comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The model, based on how often Wikipedia articles are accessed, could in time be used as an automatic system to monitor flu levels, researchers said. 

» A new toolkit offers HIPAA
Breach Notification Rule Guidance. The Breach Management Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide for Compliance, from AHIMA, provides resources and advice on how professionals can navigate their way through the process.