The American Red Cross and Teladoc will offer telehealth services to disaster victims with limited access to health care providers. Patients who need medical assistance with more common health conditions may also use this disaster-relief telehealth platform as an alternative to an emergency department or urgent care visit.
As the frequency and severity of cyber risks continue to increase, Aon Risk Solutions continues to bolster its industry-leading team of experts to address complex client needs in today's dynamic business world. The firm announced the appointment of James C. Trainor as senior vice president in its Cyber Solutions Group. Trainor joins Aon after a distinguished career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he most recently led the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters. Read more.
Five employees at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass., responded to a phishing email campaign on Aug. 22 that provided access to their email accounts, some of which contained patient information, according to officials. The cyberattack could compromise the personal data of 13,000 patients, including their names, diagnoses, treatments, dates of birth and some health insurance identification numbers, but didn't affect the provider's EMR system or patient records.
Zika virus infection in adults may damage stem cells involved in learning and memory, a study in mice suggests. Scientists from The Rockefeller University and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology collaborated on the project, which suggests "getting infected with Zika as an adult may not be as innocuous as people think," says researcher Joseph Gleeson.
A robotic computerized tomography scanner for horses at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine that allows the horse to remain awake and upright while undergoing scanning yields high-quality images, some of which are captured in 3D. Horses have to be anesthetized for traditional CT scans, which can be dangerous, and the new technology might also be useful for people who are not good candidates for traditional CT imaging.
The Department of Homeland Security is working to reduce the risk that telephony denial-of-service attacks can disrupt emergency services in the US. Initiatives include looking at how to detect fake calls from legitimate ones to block attacks, and how TDoS attacks might be affected by NextGen9-1-1 technology.
Telehealth software provider ViiMed partnered with Redox to achieve interoperability with EHR vendors including Allscripts, Cerner, Epic and GE Healthcare. ViiMed will integrate its platform with the vendors through Redox's application programming interface, which will allow physician groups, health systems and hospitals to access EHR records "for a more comprehensive view of their patients," said Redox co-founder and President Niko Skievaski.
An Android version of the MiniMed Connect app has been launched by Medtronic in collaboration with Samsung. The app comes as a component of Medtronic's MiniMed Connect system, which transmits data from an insulin pump and an affiliated continuous glucose monitor to a mobile app or web platform.
The Clarius C3, a portable ultrasound scanner that can be used via smartphone, has been launched by Clarius Mobile Health. The scanner, which is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, is designed to provide ultrasonic images of the abdomen and lungs, and includes a virtual phased array for quick heart scans.
Pulsara has updated its Prehospital Package app to help improve communication between hospitals and emergency medical service personnel. The app now allows EMS providers to notify emergency rooms from the field and has a HIPAA-compliant secure chat feature that lets the ER team view patient information or send instant messages to the EMS team.
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