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5/26/2017

OWL Cybersecurity on Wednesday shared its 2017 darknet index, a ranking of companies based on data found on the darknet, which OWL says can help the companies gauge their cybersecurity efforts over time. Amazon ranked as having the biggest presence on the darknet, while tech and telecommunication companies were the most targeted, the index showed.

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5/26/2017

IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have launched the Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning, and Semantics -- a five-year collaborative effort using cognitive computing and artificial intelligence to better understand and treat chronic diseases. Researchers will develop predictive and educational tools, collect and integrate data from multiple sources, and explore new communication and clinical decision support methods for delivering lifestyle and personalized health recommendations.

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Health IT Analytics
5/26/2017

The numbers of certified genetic counselors and geneticists are too low to meet demand, but Invitai alums Lisa Alderson and Randy Scott and Harvard Medical School's Robert Green aim to facilitate access and shorten wait times with their new venture, Genome Medical. The telehealth platform offers online scheduling of next-day appointments for genetic counseling via video link or telephone.

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Genome Medical
5/26/2017

Since Apple launched its ResearchKit a little more than two years ago, the software was mostly used for patient-facing apps and studies on the feasibility of using such apps in medical research. But scientists have recently published results of studies that used the platform to collect data on epilepsy, asthma attacks and heart disease, and they are investigating ways to use the technology to turn mobile devices into medical monitors.

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Apple, heart disease, mobile devices
5/25/2017

A laptop-like medical device containing limited information on 836 patients, including names, chief medical complaints, medical record numbers and birth dates, was stolen from DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton, Mo., on April 12 or April 13, according to hospital owner SSM Health. Affected individuals and the police have been notified about the incident, SSM said in a statement.

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SSM Health, DePaul Hospital
5/25/2017

A Bipartisan Policy Center report outlines progress made and recommends several methods for the health care industry to improve patient safety related to health IT. Recommendations include advancing safety standards development and adoption, launching a coordinated effort to establish health IT safety priorities, and disseminating existing best practices related to health IT safety issues.

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5/25/2017

Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization's new population health management platform uses Arcadia Healthcare Solutions' EHR data aggregation and analytics technology for real-time integration of clinical and claims data. The platform provides a "trajectory of where we're going in terms of closing quality care gaps" within certain patient populations and across the network, said BIDCO CIO Bill Gillis.

5/25/2017

Scientists and engineers are using advanced fabrication techniques and state-of-the-art sensors to create responsive prosthetic arms and hands, but a lack of sensory feedback capabilities and underpowered electromagnetic actuators remain limiting factors, says roboticist Jason Wheeler. Robotics startup Syntouch has created software for reflexive subroutines that work with tactile sensors to control aspects of grip and have put them in prosthetic hands being tested by veterans.

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Jason Wheeler, SynTouch
5/25/2017

The first phase of health information exchange Rush Health Connect has been launched successfully by Chicago-based health care network Rush Health. The HIE will allow more than 300 clinicians and 1,100 physicians to share data from various EHR systems and provides customized patient alerts, aggregated clinical information and a framework for more advanced analytics.

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5/25/2017

Health care professionals who boost their participation in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act this year may be better positioned financially when full payment adjustments take effect in 2019, compared with those who opt for minimal participation this year, writes L. Patrick James of Quest Diagnostics. They can also use technologies that could help them navigate the complexities of MACRA while improving care quality, James writes.

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