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Symantec: Well-heeled hacking group Black Vine behind Anthem breach

Black Vine has been active since 2012 and is behind several hacks targeting different industries.

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Feds look to bolster security for mobile devices used in health care

Healthcare providers are increasingly using smartphones and tablets to access and transfer medical records and submit prescriptions, but these devices may not be secure enough to protect sensitive medical information from hackers.

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Researchers to use Google cloud to aid in genome analysis

Researchers at MIT and Harvard are partnering with Google to use its cloud platform to take genomic data and use it to find cures to diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

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Google wristband could give doctors constant stream of patient data

Google has created a health-tracking wristband that could give health care professionals real-time information on the well-being of their patients.


Wearables for workplace wellness face federal scrutiny

Federal regulators are weighing reforms to widespread workplace wellness programs that could affect how personal data from consumer-grade fitness bands and smartwatches is kept confidential.

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AMA wants protection for doctors rolling out new medical coding system

The AMA today voted for a two-year grace period to protect physicians from penalties they may be hit with after rolling out the ICD-10 medical coding system, which is currently federally mandated for Oct. 1, 2015.

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Healthcare IT makes improved customer service an urgent priority

The healthcare industry's seismic shift to a consumer-focused model is giving patients easier access to care and more control over their health information. And IT is at the very heart of that change.

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MEDJACK: Hackers hijacking medical devices to create backdoors in hospital networks

Attackers are infecting medical devices with malware and then moving laterally through hospital networks to steal confidential data, according to TrapX’s MEDJACK report.

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Apple Watch will help you meditate as mHealth goes holistic

Sleep and breathing monitors, relaxation tools and other holistic health solutions seem likely focuses of future health apps from Apple as the company continue to explore ways to augment health.

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Hospital tests lag time for robotic surgery 1,200 miles away from doctor

The ability to control robots over great distances is now being tested for remote procedures, which may allow doctors to operate hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their patients.

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IBM confirms Apple Watch is also an enterprise product

Apple and IBM have begun introducing Apple Watch support for some of their jointly developed MobileFirst for iOS apps.

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How the cloud helps fight cancer

When it comes to the complex and costly fight against cancer, the cloud offers doctors and researchers a new way to find novel treatments and clues that could one day yield cures.

No more questionable software security in medical devices

Building code blueprint released to help build secure medical device software

Today the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative released “Building Code for Medical Device Software Security” to help establish secure code development for software that runs in a wide range of medical devices.

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Card-sized diagnostics, e-skin are future of wearable medicine

Think your Apple Watch is next-gen? Try printing a card that will track your diabetes or wrap on an e-skin to monitor and transmit your vital signs to a doctor.

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The consumerization of health IT

Consumerism in healthcare will force health IT vendors to change their sales strategy and become more end-user oriented. Instead of just using buzz words and product demos to hard-sell their solutions, health IT vendors might benefit...

Hitachi's big-data tools should help IT, mobile health workers

Hitachi Data Systems is now aiming its big-data expertise at health care and enterprise IT departments.

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Lack of broadband in some areas limits telemedicine

The lack of broadband service is limiting the deployment of telemedicine in some parts of the U.S.

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Insurance company now offers discounts -- if you let it track your Fitbit

John Hancock insurance has become the first company to offer discounts for policyholders who let it track their Fitbit activity levels and log other healthy-living activities into a online service.

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