Uber Partners with Hackensack University Medical Center to Provide Patient Rides
Uber goes medical? New Jersey’s Hackensack University Medical Center, where 10,000 patients undergo same-day treatments and some have to wait up to eight hours for a ride home, is partnering with Uber to provide transportation. Fares will be based on the patient’s financial needs. There’s an app for that.
Unauthorized Filming for NY Med Results in $2.2 Million Settlement
Wondering about the price of fame? According to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, it’s $2.2 million if you don’t ask permission first. New York–Presbyterian Hospital settled the case after disclosing the protected health information of two patients without obtaining authorization while filming the ABC series NY Med. Lesson learned? HIPAA always wins.
CDC Panel Recommends Against Using FluMist Vaccine
After reviewing previous seasons’ data, the CDC is recommending FluMist not be used this season due to suboptimal effectiveness. Pediatricians will be highly affected, as a third of pediatric flu immunizations are intranasal. Let’s hope there are enough shots to go around, or we could be looking at a rough winter.