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Hey, IoT vendors. When a paediatric nurse tells you to fix security, you definitely screwed up

VB2017 A children's nurse told delegates at the Virus Bulletin conference in Madrid on Thursday to get a grip on Internet of Things security. Jelena Milosevic, who developed an interest in cybersecurity over the last three years, told attendees that the healthcare sector needs to work with infosec experts and manufacturers to sort …
John Leyden, 5 Oct 2017

Amazon 'mulls' deeper health tech invasion with stealth skunkworks

Analysis Amazon is gearing up to take advantage of the burgeoning market for personal healthcare technology, but has been warned not to underestimate the power of the incumbent enterprise market in hospitals. The e‑commerce giant has been running a skunkworks lab called 1492 that’s dedicated to healthcare tech, and is advertising for …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Jul 2017

Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

Google’s healthcare arm Verily announced just before the weekend it will release twenty million sterile male mosquitoes into the wild, in Fresno County, California. Don't panic: it's to test fighting diseases like Zika, dengue and chikungunya. The Debug Project will be the biggest US study to set free mosquitoes infected with …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Jul 2017
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Bupa: Rogue staffer stole health insurance holders' personal deets

Healthcare firm Bupa suffered a data breach when an employee of its international health insurance division inappropriately copied and removed some customer information. People who have taken out international health insurance with the company were notified on Wednesday that the data taken includes "names, dates of birth, …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2017
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Blue Cross? Blue crass: Health insurer thought it would be a great idea to mail plans on USB sticks

A US health insurer is taking heat for its decision to mail USB drives containing coverage information to businesses that offer its plans to employees. Alabama-based developer Thomas Gamble said he received a mailer from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama that included a USB key, along with instructions to insert the gadget …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2017

WannaCry prompts promise of extra cash towards NHS security

The NHS is to get a funding boost for cybersecurity measures, while the UK government has promised patients a digital service that lets them see who's accessed their health records. The commitments are part of its response to two reviews into patient data – one from the National Data Guardian for health and care, Fiona …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Jul 2017

Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

Special report A quiet revolution has been rumbling in Leeds, in the north of England. It may not seem revolutionary: a gathering of software developers is scarcely going to get people taking to the barricades in these uncertain times, but the results of this particular meetup could shape access to NHS PCs in the coming years. The gathering …
Maxwell Cooter, 30 Jun 2017
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Who botched Oz cancer registry rollout? Pretty much everybody

Australia's derailed outsourcing of its National Cancer Registry is the latest project red-flagged by the Australian National Audit Office. The audit, released yesterday, reaches the seemingly-contradictory conclusions that the Department of Health's management of the tender was effective and achieved value for money; but that …
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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

Britain has a long-term health problem: Britons are living longer with conditions that would previously have killed them. This is obviously great for the people concerned, but not for the government, which is on the hook for most of the nation’s healthcare costs. This election has seen technology, along with new buildings, …
SA Mathieson, 8 Jun 2017
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Healthcare dev fined $155 MEEELLION for lying about compliance

A health records software company will have to pay $155m to the US government to settle accusations it was lying about the data protection its products offered. The Department of Justice said that eClinicalWorks (eCW), a Massachusetts-based software company specializing in electronic health records (EHR) management, lied to …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jun 2017

Healthcare tops UK data breach chart – but it's not what you're thinking

The UK health sector accounts for nearly half (43 per cent) of all data breaches, according to new research. A study of figures from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) by data security firm Egress found that human error, rather than external threats, was the main cause of breaches across every sector of the UK economy …
John Leyden, 1 Jun 2017

Biggest security threat to US healthcare? Loose lips and lost hardware

US healthcare breach incidents have dropped off in the year to date after hitting an all-time high in 2016. During 2016, a total of 328 US healthcare firms reported data breaches, up from 268 in 2015 (the year of the Anthem health insurance mega-breach). A study by security firm Bitglass reports that the actual volume of …
John Leyden, 3 May 2017
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'Grueling' record-breaking VR movie marathon triggers hallucinations

A New Yorker and a transplant from London to the Big Apple last week managed to endure watching virtual reality videos for 50 hours non-stop, setting a Guinness World Record in the process. For their trouble, they raised their heart rates, hallucinated, and experienced involuntary open-eyed "micro-naps." It's not clear how …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Apr 2017
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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

Video Scientists in Philadelphia have created a plastic womb that has successfully incubated eight premature lambs – and the doctors behind the project say they will be ready for human trials within three years. The machine, described in the journal Nature Communications, consists of a plastic bag which is kept full of electrolyte …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2017

Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

A dentist in Alaska has been accused of performing a tooth extraction while riding a hoverboard. Dr Seth Lookhart, 31, was hit with the claim by US state officials this week in the Alaska District Court, Third Judicial District at Anchorage, along with more than a dozen charges related to his operation of a clinic in Anchorage …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2017
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'We should have done better' – the feeble words of a CEO caught using real hospital IT in infosec product demos

The CEO of computer security biz Tanium has admitted his staff logged into hospital networks and accessed live IT systems during product demos with potential customers. Since 2014 Tanium sales executives have used healthcare systems at the El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, to demonstrate their endpoint …
Iain Thomson, 20 Apr 2017
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Accept for a second that robot surgeons exist. Who will check they're up to the job – and how?

Medical robots should be split into different categories of autonomy, just as driverless cars are, a group of academics proposed Wednesday in Science Robotics. As should be obvious, surgery requires extensive training. In the US at least, students have to successfully get through university, postgraduate medical school, and …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Apr 2017

Google's healthcare cousin to stick 10,000 human guinea pigs under the microscope

Alphabet’s healthcare arm, and Google stablemate, Verily Life Sciences has today announced Project Baseline: a study that will glean massive amounts of healthcare records by monitoring thousands of patients over four years. Verily Life Sciences will work with the medical schools at Stanford University in California and Duke …
Katyanna Quach, 19 Apr 2017

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