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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.

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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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NFL CIO: Tech isn't the problem with health info sharing

While the healthcare industry is now grappling with interoperability problems related to electronic medical records, the NFL has figured out how to solve the issue.

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Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing

While the technology to enable interoperability between electronic medical record systems, insurers and healthcare institutions exists, some industry players continue to actively block data exchange.

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Apple's ResearchKit is here; now open your iPhone and say 'Ah'

Apple is embarking on its boldest push yet into health, with a new open source framework that lets medical researchers and software developers gather health data from iPhone owners and build health-related apps.

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Apple and IBM say big data will save lives

You can expect much more on Apple’s journey to digital health at WWDC 2015, which begins on June 8.

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IBM launches Watson Health global analytics cloud

IBM today announced a new business unit based on the Watson supercomputer that will allow physicians, researchers and others to share healthcare data over a secure analytics platform massive data stores to be culled for deep insight...

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Microsoft brings back DelBene for strategy and planning

Kurt DelBene, who left his role as president of Microsoft's Office Division back in 2013, is returning to Microsoft as executive vice president of corporate strategy and planning and will report to CEO Satya Nadella.

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Lawyers smell blood in electronic medical records

While EMRs may be crucial to modernizing medical care by enabling data exchange and new analytics, electronic records are also a potential source for lawsuits against tech vendors.

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Pot luck: Facial recognition gets boost from marijuana kiosks

The potential of facial-recognition biometrics is huge and new marijuana-dispensing kiosks could push it into the mainstream. But a look at the iPhone's biometric efforts could signal the path forward — and some side roads to avoid.

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Health IT vendors slammed for hampering the exchange of patient data

Electronic health records vendors make the process of sharing patient information too expensive and complicated for hospitals and doctors, a problem that affects the quality and cost of care.

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Healthcare industry gets first mobile apps from Apple, IBM

An enterprise mobility partnership between Apple and IBM has yielded more iPhone and iPad apps, including the first ones for the healthcare industry and industrial production management. Under an agreement announced last July, the...

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Google bringing vision to robots that need touch

Google teamed up with Johnson & Johnson and appears to be trying to make vision and cost better in robot-assisted surgery, rather than adding new senses that would make it safer and more effective.

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