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Two Drug Firms Experiment With Use of Apple's ResearchKit

Todd R. Weiss | eWeek | July 13, 2015

Two major pharmaceutical companies are using Apple's ResearchKit open-source project in experiments aimed at helping medical researchers gain more data and fresh insights as they seek ways to battle human diseases and illnesses. Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline confirmed its work in a July 10 tweet, saying the company is "looking @ Apple's #ResearchKit for clinical trials," while Purdue Pharma also said it is exploring early possible uses of ResearchKit in its own drug research, according to a July 12 story by Buzzfeed. Read More »

Two Things Hospitals Can't Afford To Ignore

Kathleen Goepferd | Government Health IT | June 11, 2014

The next time someone asks your patient how they’re doing, they might stop to check their data before answering...Consider: An activity and sleep-monitoring device from Fitbit was Amazon.com’s top-selling health and personal care item this past holiday shopping season...

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VA Edges Closer to Rollout of New Health Record Platform

Chase Gunter | FCW | May 17, 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs is edging closer to full deployment of a web-based modular electronic health record platform that promises to build on improvements in interoperability within VA and between VA and the Defense Department. Officials hope to have the Enterprise Health Management Platform up and running by the end of this summer. EHMP is a dynamic, web-based way to organize, display, search, filter and share patient data from VA's open-source VistA health record. EHMP provides a virtual space to develop and deploy specialized health and wellness applications for use by VA providers...

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VetAdvisor Selects SugarCRM To Support Military Veterans’ Transition to Civilian Life

Press Release | VetAdvisor, SugarCRM | November 10, 2014

Sugar Helps VetAdvisor Offer Gold Standard of Care for Veterans; Integrates with Innovative Technologies Including FitBit, Twilio For Supportive and Personalized Experience for Vets

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Vivametrica Unveils Open Source Healthcare Analytics Platform For Wearables

Charles McLellan | ZD Net | September 16, 2014

A Canadian startup founded by medical professionals plans to offer personal health assessments based on wearable sensor data and public health data sets...

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Wearable Devices With Health IT Functions Poised To Disrupt Medicine

Fred O'Connor | PC World | May 1, 2014

The next innovation in health care may come from Silicon Valley. With Google, Apple and Samsung exploring how to incorporate health IT features into wearable devices, patients may soon provide information to doctors through devices such as smartwatches that can measure and transmit biometric data. 

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Will “Digital Fingerprint” Forensics Thwart the Data Thieves Lurking in Hospital EHR Corridors?

As Halloween approaches, the usual spate of horror movies will intrigue audiences across the US, replete with slashers named Jason or Freddie running amuck in the corridors of all too easily accessible hospitals. They grab a hospital gown and the zombies fit right in.  While this is just a movie you can turn off, the real horror of patient data theft can follow you...Unfortunately, this horror movie scenario is similar to how data thefts often occur at medical facilities. In 2015, the healthcare industry was one of the top three hardest hit industries with serious data breaches and major attacks, along with government and manufacturers. Packed with a wealth of exploitable information such as credit card data, email addresses, Social Security numbers, employment information and medical history records, much of which will remain valid for years, if not decades and fetch a high price on the black market.

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