Big data saves lives, and patient safeguards are needed — ScienceDaily

The use of big data to address the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts poses ethical concerns that could undermine its benefits without clear governance guidelines that protect and respect patients and society, a University of Massachusetts Amherst study concludes.

In research published in the open-access journal BMC Medical Ethics, Elizabeth Evans, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, sought to identify concerns and develop recommendations for the ethical handling of opioid use disorder (OUD) information stored in the Public Health Data Warehouse (PHD).

“Efforts informed by big data are saving lives, yielding significant benefits,” the paper states. “Uses of big data may also undermine public trust in government and cause other unintended harms.”

Maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Health, the PHD was established in 2015 as an unprecedented public health monitoring and research tool to link state government data sets and provide timely information to

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MercuryGate’s Best-in-Class TMS Receives Global Recognition for Industry Leading Security Safeguards and Controls

Type 2 SOC 1 and SOC 2 recognition assures MercuryGate customers their sensitive data receives premier protection

MercuryGate® International, Inc., (MercuryGate) the largest and rapidly growing independent transportation management system (TMS) provider, today announced its award-winning TMS has achieved the highest Service Organization Controls (SOC) designation with a Type 2 SOC 2 examination following a rigorous, 12-month independent review.

The SOC reporting framework is a globally recognized cybersecurity risk management control report intended to inform customers about the effective design and proper implementation of security controls. The report reviews service providers for security, availability, process integrity, confidentiality and privacy.

“Delivering the world’s best TMS to our customers is the foundation of MercuryGate,” said MercuryGate President & CEO Joe Juliano. “From roadmap expansion to working with our customers during the unprecedented disruption in the global supply chain, our focus on transportation management and our commitment to security are unprecedented in the

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Digital And Physical Safeguards At Work In The Covid-19 Era

CTO KONE. IoT pioneer, investor, board member, author.

After months of remote lockdown, I finally joined my colleagues again in June at KONE’s 18-story headquarters building near Helsinki. Initially, it felt a little strange to interact with them in real life rather than 2D on my laptop. It also took time to adjust to facemasks, distancing protocols, hand sanitizers, plastic gloves in the cafeteria, automated air and surface disinfectants, touchless button controls and more. 

Now, these small inconveniences and extra precautions are second nature. They’re a small price to pay to feel safe and be able to collaborate in person again. These days, I go to the office to create, brainstorm, discuss and debate. It feels so good to stand again in front of a whiteboard, dream big and laugh along with my colleagues in person. If I need to do some focused work on a presentation or attend

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