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2/24/2017

A Nuix Black Report found that more than 80% of hackers can steal valuable data from companies within 12 to 24 hours, but hundreds of days may pass before breaches are discovered by companies. Professional hackers were surveyed for the study, and more than 50% reported using different methodologies for each target.

2/24/2017

Investors are putting money into "insurtech" startups that promise to revolutionize how people shop and apply for insurance.

2/24/2017

The vast majority of patients responding to a survey said disparate health care providers should have access to patient records as well as patient-generated data. Statistics show that providers are not meeting patients' expectations regarding health data exchange.

2/24/2017

Collecting and analyzing data on social determinants of health in underserved communities will reduce spending and improve population health, says HealthEC President Arthur Kapoor. He says vendors already have the tools clinicians need to improve health in underserved populations, but clinicians may not be aware the tools exist.

2/24/2017

Appstem is working with University of California at Davis psychiatry and behavioral sciences faculty on a telemedicine platform for patients who do not speak English. The project, supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, aims to simplify the translation and transcription of patient interview videos.

2/24/2017

McKesson Health Solutions and National Decision Support Company are partnering on a utilization management platform.

2/24/2017

CedarBridge Group, EMR Direct, Foxhall Wythe, Live and Leave Well, and Lush Group won the second round of the ONC's Move Health Data Forward Challenge. The companies received $20,000 each for their proposed application programming interfaces, and they will compete for up to two $50,000 prizes in the final round.

2/23/2017

Stolen complete EHR databases can be sold for as much as $500,000 on the deep web, while complete profiles of US victims, including their health insurance and medical information, were selling for less than $1 and medical insurance IDs with valid prescriptions went for $0.50, according to a report from Trend Micro. "What makes EHR in the underground so different is that some of the data can be used to create a whole new list of offerings," such as stolen prescriptions, fake IDs or fake birth certificates, said report author Mayra Rosario Fuentes.

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Dark Reading
2/23/2017

Using the EpiWatch app on the Apple Watch, Johns Hopkins University researchers tracked nearly 1,500 seizures in a 600-person test group over the course of 10 months. "The data collected will help researchers better understand epilepsy, while helping people with epilepsy keep a more complete history of their seizures," study author Dr. Gregory Knauss said.

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mHealth Intelligence
2/23/2017

ONC Acting National Coordinator Jon White said at the HIMSS17 conference that the agency is prioritizing implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, which bolsters interoperability and replaces the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees with a new HIT Advisory Committee. The agency gave no time frame for creation of the new committee, and White said the ONC wants to ensure support from political leadership before moving forward on implementation.