Mayo Launches New $1 Billion Epic EMR

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By Jeff Kiger, Rochester Post-Bulletin

“A flip of a switch at 6:13 a.m. on Saturday marked “a huge milestone” in Mayo Clinic’s more than $1 billion project to combine all of its electronic health records into a single upgraded computer system.

The Mayo Clinic Health System sites, including La Crosse, Onalaska, Prairie du Chien and Sparta, shifted to a new system to manage its more than 200,000 patient records. Verona, Wis.-Epic Systems Corp. has the $1 billion contract to make the switch to its health record software.”

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Minnesota’s CyberSecurity Operation Struggles To Keep Up

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By Briana Bierschbach, MinnPost

“On the third floor of an office building in St. Paul, a conference room has been turned into a makeshift command center, with cubicles and computer monitors looking toward a giant pull-down screen.

On a recent Tuesday, the room is dark except for the glow of computer monitors lighting a half dozen faces, all glued to their screens. One of the employees, Dave, who always wears a bowtie on Tuesdays, is sitting by his blue lava lamp and a unopened Obi Wan Kenobi figurine and trying to find any traces of “Petya.”

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Hacktivist Breaks Into Minnesota Government Databases to Protest Philando Castile Verdict

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By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Motherboard

“On Friday, a jury found that the cop who shot and killed a black man in the summer of 2016 in Minnesota during a seemingly routine traffic stop was not guilty of manslaughter. The verdict prompted thousands of people to protest in the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota.

A hacker calling himself Vigilance decided to seek justice in his own way, by hacking a database belonging to the Minnesota state government, and stealing email addresses and passwords. The hacker contacted Motherboard on Sunday, claiming the hack and providing a sample of stolen data to back up his claims.”

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Local Software Engineer & Open Data Champion Tony Webster Awarded

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“The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists is excited to announce Tony Webster, a public records researcher and data activist, as its 2017 Peter S. Popovich Award winner. Webster’s dogged work to make government more transparent exemplifies the spirit of the award, which honors those who fight for First Amendment rights.”

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Popular Internet Privacy Measure Dies At Minnesota’s Capitol

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By Tim Nelson, MPR News

“Internet privacy was a popular idea earlier in the Minnesota legislative session — getting 200 of the 201 votes in previous votes in both the House and Senate.  Lawmakers didn’t want internet service providers to be able to sell information about their customers’ web browsing history.  But that provision didn’t make the final cut in the final jobs budget bill hammered out in the early hours Monday morning at the Capitol.”

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Storage Startup Vets Return w/ $8.65m A for Atavium

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“Minneapolis, MN, May 17, 2017– Atavium, Inc, announced that it has closed an oversubscribed $8.65M Series A funding round led by Rally Ventures and Grotech Ventures, with participation from Origin Ventures, Correlation Ventures, Brightstone Venture Capital and G-Bar Ventures. Atavium has created a unique data management platform that has allowed initial customers to mine, categorize, and maximize the value of their data.”

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Internet Privacy Measure Removed As MN Lawmakers Debate Budget

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By Erin Golden , Star Tribune

“An internet privacy measure that won broad backing from Minnesota lawmakers has been yanked from consideration at the Capitol with little explanation.

The provision had been crafted in response to a recent action by the U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump to loosen online privacy regulations, potentially opening the door for internet service providers to sell the browsing data of customers. It would have prohibited internet providers in Minnesota from collecting personal information without permission from customers.”

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