Journalists and experts have written about covering health reform and presented discussions on the topic at AHCJ conferences and workshops. This is a collection of the most useful and relevant tips. Click the title of the tip sheet that interests you and you will be asked to login because these are available exclusively to AHCJ members.
Ethical questions journalists should consider when reporting on AI in health care
Rebecca Vesely reached out to Danton Char, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, to discuss the emerging ethical issues.
Covering how health care organizations are using 'cloud computing'
Rebecca Vesely provides some background on cloud computing in health care, including what it is, how health care organizations use it, security concerns and what questions reporters should ask about how it's being used.
Tips on covering health system ransomware attacks
San Diego recently learned just how serious such an attack can get. On May 1, Scripps Health announced that a cyberattack had forced the shutdown of its four major hospitals serving the San Diego region. It quickly became apparent that the malicious software incursion was much broader than it first seemed. Doctors’ offices, outpatient surgery centers, and pretty much every other type of location operated by the $3 billion health care system were affected.
What to know before diving into a health care cybersecurity story
Tips for covering the hidden trade in patient data
He says that the big health data bazaar is complicated but fascinating, and one worthy of further reporting as society grapples with the balance between allowing patients to control their own data, and allowing outsiders to study it to advance commerce and science.
This tip sheet provides an overview of what kind of data is out there, how it is used, who the big players are in the business, why we should care and questions that journalists should explore.
Electronic medical records
Preparing for overhaul of the VA's electronic health record system
With the Trump administration promising big changes at the VA in terms of care access, coordination and delivery, reporters should keep in mind the colorful history and uncertain future of the VA's EHR system. Besides military spending and the border wall with Mexico, an EHR replacement is one of the few areas where President Donald J. Trump has proposed increasing spending.
Health care reporter Andis Robeznieks offers background and some tips for what to watch for as this process moves ahead.
Electronic medical records: Promised land or mirage?
Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, discussed privacy and security concerns, as well as suggesting some possible story ideas for reporters.
Health information exchange
What you need to know about health information exchange
The information sharing can be about a single patient to enhance the care of that patient. Or, the information can be about a group of patients for the purposes of public health tracking and improvement.
Learn more about the concept, why it's important and get some ideas on how to cover it locally.
Telemedicine: What reporters need to know
In writing and reporting on telemedicine, exact definitions matter because patients, organizations and policymakers see it differently. It can be very broad and open-ended or very precise. The explanation of exact uses can be finagled to manipulate payment and legality.
Exploring the exploding world of wearable health technology and devices
The terms “wearables,” “wearable technology“ and “wearable devices“ refer to electronic technologies that are worn on the body or clothing to perform computing tasks. Generally, wearables are able to store and transmit data, and information can be accessed in real-time.
The most commonly used wearables today are fitness trackers worn on the wrist made by FitBit, Jawbone and other competitors. But there are others: smart fabrics, smart backpacks, jewelry, headgear, belts and even diapers are in development.
Rebecca Vesely, AHCJ's health IT core topic leader, breaks down exactly what they are, their economic impact, consumers' concerns and story ideas for reporters to pursue.
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