SDBJ SPECIAL REPORTS
MEDICINE: Health Record Systems Have Many Vulnerable Points
As patient information begins to flow electronically from hospitals to clinics, health care providers and patients are increasingly at risk of being targeted by hackers and criminals.
MEDICINE: Providers Look For Secure, Effective Ways To Share Medical Records
Imagine a health care system with a central hub that collects all of a patient’s information: lab reports, allergies, prescriptions, doctor’s notes, sensitivities, and all the diet, exercise and lifestyle data collected by wearable and medical devices.
The upcoming exit by the U.S. General Services Administration from a downtown San Diego office tower could be cause for at least some temporary nervousness for the building’s owners and investors.
WORKSPACE: Retrofits Growing in Popularity To Attract, Retain Tenants
Now that the economy is improving, owners of older commercial buildings in San Diego County are looking for ways to make their properties more attractive to tenants.
HOUSING: Downtown Land-Use Constraints Drive Creative Approaches
During the worst days of the recession, there was little work for San Diego architects, but that has changed in recent months, leading some firms to begin hiring in preparation for a busy year ahead.
With New Construction Sluggish, Improving Economy Leads to Absorption, Higher Rents
Health care and education not only continued to fuel much of the San Diego region’s innovation economy in 2014, but they also were the primary drivers of big new construction projects.
FINANCE: Auto Lending Up 44% At Local Institutions
Credit unions are benefiting from a national trend of consumers replacing their aging vehicles and borrowing money at historically low interest rates.
Local Credit Unions See Growing Market For Mortgage, Home Equity Lending
Once known primarily for making auto loans, more credit unions are expanding their mortgage lending, taking up some of the slack created from banks exiting the business.
Companies such as San Diego-based NoteVault Inc. have developed mobile-enabled technology that lets construction superintendents quickly and easily report commercial project activity from work sites, allowing for real-time updates or corrections to projects.
Due to rising consumer interest in health information technology and the transition to accountable care inspired by health care reform - patient portals are everywhere.
Mobility enters a new dimension with the arrival of very mobile unmanned aircraft, coupled with cameras that take video and still images, and software able to stitch together images.
Telemedicine advocates in the San Diego region are applauding new rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that have the potential to greatly broaden reimbursements for telehealth care.