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Hospitals flip the ICD-10 switch, adding 68,000 ways to tell you're sick

After two major deadline extensions, the new, vastly expanded ICD-10 medical classification system went live today, affecting every U.S. healthcare provider and insurance company, and dictating how $2.8 trillion that Americans spend...

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Thousands of medical devices are vulnerable to hacking, security researchers say

Thousands of medical devices, including MRI scanners, X-ray machines and drug infusion pumps, are vulnerable to hacking, creating significant health risks for patients, security researchers said this week.

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Walgreens wants to use wearables to give instant discounts for exercising

Walgreens will track the level of exercise and issue automatic credits when customers check out.

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Researchers can use MRIs to print a model heart in 3 hours

MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a system that uses MRI scans of a patient’s heart to print out a physical model, which can be used to practice surgery.

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Healthcare CIO takes pride in developing future leaders

When Sue Schade, stepped into the CIO's job at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, she inherited an electronic health records project that was well underway. Once that initiative was completed, she restructured...

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Even encrypted medical record databases leak information

A new study from Microsoft researchers warns that many types of databases used for electronic medical records are vulnerable to leaking information despite the use of encryption.

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More than 80% of healthcare IT leaders say their systems have been compromised

A survey of IT leaders in healthcare revealed that 81% of them believe their systems have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or some other cyber-attack in the past two years, placing patient sensitive data at risk.

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Intel to pilot cloud technology for sharing personalized cancer treatment

Intel and an Oregon hospital announced a technology that will allow clinics around the world to securely share patient genomic data, images and electronic health records as part of an analytical cloud platform to discover personalized...


With MacPractice, every doctor can get a Mac

MacPractice sets the bar for doctor's seeking medical practice solutions for Mac, iPad or iPhone.

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Tech trains more powerful athletes

Helped by laser arrays, breathing systems and other high tech tools, Northeastern University athletes are improving their game and their fitness


Tech trains more powerful athletes

Northeastern University has invested heavily in technology to reduce injuries in its athletics program. The suite of high tech gadgets have helped in eliminating costly ACL injuries. Reporter: Nick Barber, IDG News Service,...

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Google Alphabet play unshackles Sundar Pichai in ''alpha bet''

Larry Page will transform Google into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. In a corporate structure some are comparing to GE or Berkshire Hathaway, Google is ringfencing its stick-to-the-knitting business of targeted ads...

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Nanotech delivers clot-busting drugs to heart attack, stroke patients

Researchers are using nanotechnology to treat heart attack and stroke victims -- a capsule containing nanoparticles that ferry what scientists call a "clot-busting" drug to the right spot for treatment.

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Big Blue bets a billion bucks; health tech to the fore

The stakes have been upped. It now takes a billion dollars to move the needle for an M&A story. Today it's IBM's turn.

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IBM's new $1B acquisition will help Watson 'see,' analyze health data

IBM plans to buy Merge Healthcare in a $1 billion deal that promises to bring new image-focused capabilities to its Watson Health platform.


Oh, joy. NeuroMetrix's forthcoming app may require FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration has said it doesn’t want to get involved with health-related apps. A forthcoming product from NeuroMetrix, the maker of the Quell device, might change that.

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IBM aims Watson's cognitive computer power at CVS customers

IBM announced a partnership with drugstore chain CVS that will have the super computer compiling pharmacy customer data with the latest research in order to detect the potential onset of chronic illness early on.

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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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