VA Gives Thumbs Up to Commercial IT Software


A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decision to pursue a new direction in processing health records has created a highly visible endorsement of the use of commercial off-the-shelf information technology by federal agencies. President Trump cited the VA’s action as an example of the administration’s commitment to vastly improve federal IT management. The VA earlier this month awarded an EHR contract to Cerner to develop an EHR system for the department. The Cerner program will replace the existing VA patient data system, known as “VistA.”

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Why Are Health Records So Valuable to Cybercriminals?


Protecting the data in electronic health records did not start with the advent of HIPAA, as many people think. Protecting health records has been a critical requirement in the healthcare space since the computers became a fixture in hospitals. However, HIPAA added public reports of fines issued for covered entities’ failure to properly protect data contained within EHRs. Many people assume that EHR data has limited value to unauthorized users. Who cares about my blood test results, or that I just visited my dermatologist?

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4 Email Marketing Mistakes to Avoid


I recently received an email from my health club that said, in part: “Dear Chris, We’ve noticed you haven’t been in as regularly in recent weeks. I understand there may be many reasons for not being able to make it in, but I just wanted to send a quick note to check if you’re happy with the service we’ve been providing. Let me know if I can be of any assistance and I hope to see you very soon!” While I appreciate that the health club is at least trying to stay in contact, this email managed to do several things wrong all at once.

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Salesforce Adds Health Cloud Features


Salesforce this week announced new features and an expanded partner ecosystem for its Health Cloud at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Orlando, Florida. The new features are lead-to-patient conversion, risk stratification and advanced segmentation. Salesforce also announced a slew of new partner-developed applications for Health Cloud that can be installed via the Salesforce AppExchange. “Salesforce has continued to build momentum in the healthcare space,” noted Nucleus Research analyst Rebecca Wettemann.

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Quest Diagnostics data breach puts health care security in the spotlight

Quest Diagnostics joined the list of health care companies targeted by hackers this week when it announced a data breach that exposed the health information of about 34,000 people.

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UK National Health Service servers 'crash' after worker sent test email to all 1.2 million employees

The U.K.’s National Health Service email server crashed after a test email was accidentally sent to all 1.2 million employees.

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Harvard has built a cigarette-smoking robot, and it's here to help

Researchers working to discover more about how smoke impacts people’s health have developed an artificial human lung airway-on-a-chip and smoking robot to carry out more accurate tests.

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iOrgans: How your iPhone could save someone's life

Apple’s been on a bit of a health kick ever since introducing its Apple Watch, and this fall’s free iOS 10 update will expand the software’s focus from always tracking your activity to what happens after you can no longer monitor your vitals.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/05/iorgans-how-your-iphone-could-save-someones-life.html

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Apple Steps Up Its Fitness Game With Health Apps For Apple Watch

And wants you to practice mindfulness and deep breathing with new Breathe

Tracking your every step, breath, and hour of sleep you get is a rising trend in the health tech world, and Apple seems to finally be stepping up its game to compete…

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MedStar Health still suffering outages after cyberattack

A spokeswoman with MedStar Health says that that the healthcare provider is still experiencing widespread computer outages after a cyberattack on its systems Monday, but adds that progress is being made “by the hour.”

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The Salesforce Health Cloud


Salesforce is opening a can of snakes with its new Health Cloud, which became generally available this week. I’ve seen the healthcare industry up close recently as aging parents and in-laws make greater use of the system. My overall impression is that CRM could learn a great deal from healthcare providers about how to treat customers. Understanding how professionals provision healthcare is a lesson in understanding moments of truth. At the same time though, healthcare seems constrained by its software.

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SleepHealth debuts as first ResearchKit app & study to support IBM Watson Health Cloud

Article Image Almost one year after IBM announced Watson Health Cloud, a cognitive computing platform built in partnership with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic, the computing giant on Tuesday debuted SleepHealth, an app and ResearchKit study investigating the connection between sleep habits and health.

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IBM Watson Forks Over $2.6B for Health Data Stash


IBM Watson Health on Thursday announced plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion. The acquisition will give the company access to about 300 million patient files, according to IBM, making it one of the world’s largest holders of diverse health-related information. One of its chief objectives is to use the data to bring more value to healthcare recipients. By integrating Truven’s extensive cloud-based data sets, Watson will be able to create insights that can be translated into practical solutions for patients.

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Pebble Time gains fitness tracking through HealthKit-compatible Pebble Health

Article Image Pebble on Tuesday updated its Pebble Time smartwatches with Pebble Health, a feature bringing fitness tracking to its product lineup for the first time.

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Apple's Jay Blahnik outlines Apple Watch health and fitness strategy, future device features in interview

In an interview published this week, Jay Blahnik, Apple’s director of Fitness and Health Technologies, spoke at length about Apple Watch hardware and software, explaining how the device came into being, it’s merits as a fitness monitor and where he thinks it’s going with watchOS 2.

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How technology is building the aquarium of the future

Worrying about the health of your aquarium fish could be a thing of the past. Step Ahead Innovations has started a Kickstarter campaign to launch its high-tech MindStream Aquarium Monitor that replaces manual testing in saltwater aquariums. 

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