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70% of consumers would cut ties with doctors over unprotected health data

There are growing privacy concerns among Americans due to COVID-19 with nearly 70 percent citing they would likely sever healthcare provider ties if they found that their personal health data was unprotected, a CynergisTek survey reveals.

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And as many employers seek to welcome staff back into physical workplaces, nearly half (45 percent) of Americans expressed concerns about keeping personal health information private from their employer.

“With the enactment of key regulations including CCPA and GDPR, we are seeing the convergence of security and privacy come to the forefront at national, state and corporate levels.

“As healthcare systems and corporations continue to grapple with data challenges associated with COVID-19 – whether that’s more sophisticated, targeted cyber-attacks or the new requirements around interoperability and data sharing, concerns around personal data and consumer awareness of privacy rights will only continue to grow,” said Caleb Barlow, president and CEO of CynergisTek.

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Anti-maskers protesters cause health officials’ press conference in Brooklyn to be cut short

BY AIDAN GRAHAM AND MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK

Anti-maskers heckled city health officials during a southern Brooklyn press conference meant to address a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases on Friday — forcing the medical professionals to cut the gathering short. 

Various officials leading the charge against the virus within the Five Boroughs met at Gravesend Park shortly before noon, ostensibly to alert community members about new measures in response to the spike of cases in Brooklyn and Queens — but shortly before things kicked off, local resident and amateur radio host Heshy Tischler showed up filming himself bombastically denying the continued existence of COVID-19 in the area.

Tischler argues with a city staffer while disrupting the press conference. (Photo by Paul Frangipane)

Tischler, who continuously disrupted the press conference, called doctors and city officials

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School Closures Cut a Critical Line to Dental Care for Poor Students

Before the pandemic, it was not unusual for Tiffany Foy and a team of other dental hygienists to visit schools in rural and urban parts of Oregon to treat the teeth of thousands of children in a year.

Many of the children they examined had cavities, painful abscesses and “big holes” in their teeth, said Ms. Foy, who works at Advantage Dental, a nonprofit organization that provides oral health care regardless of a patient’s income or insurance.

In March, the program was abruptly suspended after the state shut down in-person learning to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Ms. Foy said she and her fellow hygienists had not been back in schools since then.

“They could have a mouthful of cavities and the parents aren’t even aware,” Ms. Foy said. “I worry about that. I worry about neglect.”

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