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Intacct partners with athenahealth to offer health industry ERP

As competition heats up, verticals are increasingly the way for cloud vendors to differentiate.

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New electronic display is 10 times thinner than human skin

Japanese researchers have created an e-skin electronic display for human bio feedback that's transparent and flexible enough to distort and crumple in response to body movement.

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Fitbit likely helped doctors save a man’s life

A Fitbit worn by a 42-year-old man who arrived in a Camden, N.J., emergency room with an irregular heartbeat, supplied critical data that allowed doctors to shock the man's heart back into a normal rhythm without risking a stroke.

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From freakout to slow burn, Zika has potential to impact business

The arrival of the Zika virus in the U.S. is raising questions. Will it affect business travel? Will it hurt recruiting in affected regions? Does it pose supply chain problems? The answer may be yes to all those questions.

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IBM puts Watson to work on cancer with new patient-adviser tool

IBM announced a new weapon in the battle against cancer that will put Watson to work in a new way.

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1,418 remotely exploitable flaws found in automated medical supply system

There are over 1,400 remotely exploitable flaws in Pyxis SupplyStation systems; many of those vulnerabilities, ICS-CERT warned, "an attacker with low skill would be able to exploit." The vulnerabilities are in seven third-party...

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MedStar Health's network shut down by malware

A large health care provider in the Washington, D.C., area said it has resorted to using paper transactions after malware crippled part of its network early Monday.

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Pets' electronic medical records can fetch health data

A new mobile app provides pet owners and vets with access to medical records and ID information on both iOS and Android devices.

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Monkeys control a wheelchair with just their thoughts, via wireless tech

New wireless technology makes it possible for monkeys to control a robotic wheelchair using just their thoughts -- without the need to be hooked up via EEG electrodes on the scalp to a connected computer.

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A robot will likely assist in your future surgery

Robots that can minimize damage to tissue with sub-millimeter accuracy and allow surgeons to operate on patients remotely are expected to be a $6.4 billion industry by 2020.

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An IT leader who believes in the impossible

Inspiring a team to make a difference is what drives success, says Peter B. Nichol, one of the the IT leaders behind Connecticut's Health Insurance Exchange.

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IBM gets 215M patient profiles with $2.6B Truven Health buy

IBM's Watson Health plans to buy Truven Health Analytics fits strategy of improving healthcare quality while controlling costs

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This Hollywood hospital didn’t backup its data? “Ransomware” payday for evil hackers

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was forced to pay a ransom if it wanted its critical data back from hackers who encrypted its computers. The hospital’s CEO announced he’d spent around $17,000 in Bitcoin -- after a week of...

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Avoiding indecipherable M.D. scrawl: Nuance delivers a health-specific speech-to-text offering

Doctors are known for having some of the worst handwriting in the world. Nuance could have the solution.

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Lifting telemedicine limits would save Medicare $1.8B over 10 years

Lifting geographical and provider restrictions that currently limit physician reimbursement for treating or monitoring Medicare recipients would save the U.S. government as much as $1.8 billion over the next decade.

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Forget cards and flowers; crowdfunding site helps pay medical bills

A financial services start-up has announced a crowdfunding service that allows hospitals to run campaigns for patients to help them pay medical bills of any kind.

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Health insurer loses 6 hard-disk drives with records of 950,000 customers

Health insurer Centene Corp. said it is disclosing, out of an "abundance of caution and in transparency," that it's hunting for six computer hard drives containing personally identifiable information about its customers.

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HealthTap enables (dare I say it?) the Uberization of medical response

Describing companies as being the "Uber of x" has become the cliche du jour. But sometimes the term is justified.

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