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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.

Apple introduces ResearchKit

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.


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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Researchers use A.I. to reimagine health care

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh are working to use artificial intelligence to cull through electronic health records, diagnostic imaging, prescriptions and other sources to create health care...

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Medical data is becoming the next revenue stream for hackers

Personal info found in health care records fetches hefty sums on underground markets, making any company that stores such data an attractive target for attackers.

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Premera, Anthem data breaches linked by similar hacking tactics

Premera Blue Cross may have been attacked using the same methods employed against its fellow health insurer Anthem, suggesting that a single group may be behind both breaches.

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Premera Blue Cross says data breach may affect 11M customers

As many as 11 million customers may have been affected by a data breach at U.S. health insurance provider Premera Blue Cross.

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Apple aims to help medical studies with ResearchKit

Apple thinks its new software framework, ResearchKit, can solve some of the biggest challenges facing medical researchers.

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How to export Apple Health data as a document to share

When it comes to exporting data, Apple's Health app doesn’t work. Here's the best solution for making a spreadsheet of your health-related data you can share with others.

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Anthem now says 78.8M were affected by breach

The Anthem data breach may have exposed 78.8 million records, according to a more finely tuned estimate by the health insurance company, which is still investigating.

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