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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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Half a million 'de-identified' patients records to be shared in Bradford

The UK city of Bradford is to share the "de-identified" medical data of half a million patients from 88 GP surgeries across the region. We're told this will help improve treatments for frailty and childhood obesity. Under the Connected Health City project, the data will be shared across two trusts, three clinical commissioning …
Kat Hall, 5 Apr 2017

Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

Google’s DeepMind and the Royal Free London NHS deal to use patient data without explicit consent was "inexcusable", an academic paper has concluded in a damning report today. In 2016, DeepMind announced its first major health project: a collaboration with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust – a large UK hospital …
Kat Hall, 16 Mar 2017

Health firm gets £200k slap after IVF patients' records leak online

Updated A private health firm in the UK has been fined £200,000 after fertility patients’ confidential conversations leaked online. The £200,000 monetary penalty was levied following an investigation by Blighty's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) into the way the Lister Hospital in London was transferring, transcribing and …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2017
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Gimme some skin: Boffins perfect 3D bioprinter that emits slabs of human flesh

Vid 3D printing for most users is limited to polymer printing, or in some cases metal – but now a team from Spain has built hardware that can print actual human skin. The scientists, from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research, and the Hospital General Universitario …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2017

Doctor AI: Good news, I'm better at predicting when you'll die of a heart attack. Bad news is...

Artificial intelligence can predict better than real doctors when patients with serious heart disorders are likely to die. That's according to a paper published this week in Radiology. A team of medics and computer scientists, led by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) at Imperial College London, created what is …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Jan 2017

US healthcare under siege: Got good insurance?

US healthcare organisations, including hospitals, are increasingly vulnerable to medical device hijacks as well as the growing ransomware threat, according to a new study by security vendor TrapX. A total of 93 major attacks occurred during 2016. Hackers were responsible for almost a third (31.42 per cent) of all major HIPAA ( …
John Leyden, 23 Dec 2016
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90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

The NHS is still running Windows XP en masse, two and a half years after Microsoft stopped delivering bug fixes and security updates. Nearly all of England NHS trusts – 90 per cent – continue to rely on PCs installed with Microsoft’s 15-year-old desktop operating system. Just over half are still unsure as to when they will …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Dec 2016
Pacemaker

Fatal flaws in ten pacemakers make for Denial of Life attacks

A global research team has hacked 10 different types of implantable medical devices and pacemakers finding exploits that could allow wireless remote attackers to kill victims. Eduard Marin and Dave Singelée, researchers with KU Leuven University, Belgium, began examining the pacemakers under black box testing conditions in …
Darren Pauli, 1 Dec 2016

Doctor AI will see you now: US military vets will be diagnosed by deep-learning bots

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has signed a five-year deal with Flow Health, an AI company, to develop personalized healthcare plans for veterans using deep learning. Deep learning is a tool in machine learning that is useful for sifting through huge heaps of data to find useful information. Flow Health is focusing …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Nov 2016
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EU puts out prescription for smart hospitals

An EU agency has grappled with thorny issues surrounding the adoption of IoT technology in hospitals to draft a series of best practice guidelines. The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) study engaged information security officers from more than 10 hospitals across the EU, painting a picture of …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2016

Hospital info thief malware puts itself into a coma to avoid IT bods

A Trojan targeting US healthcare organizations attempts to avoid detection by going to sleep for prolonged periods after initial infection, security researchers warn. Symantec estimates that thousands of organizations have been hit by the Gatak Trojan since 2012. The malware is programmed to spread aggressively across an …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2016
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Birmingham sperm bank pulls plug after just a handful of recruits

The UK's only NHS sperm bank has stopped recruiting donors after a trawl for men prepared to schlep to Birmingham to make a deposit turned up a mere handful. The National Sperm Bank, based at the National Gamete Donation Trust and Birmingham Fertility Centre, at Birmingham Women's Hospital, was launched two years ago with a …
Clodagh Doyle, 28 Oct 2016
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BYE, EVERYBODY! Virtual personal health assistants are coming, says Gartner

As chatbot technology advances it will no longer be necessary to book an appointment to see a doctor as the whole meeting can all be done with the help of virtual personal health assistants, according to Gartner. At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, the mystical mages at Gartner have, once again, made another bold prediction: up to …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Oct 2016
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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

Bemoaning the results of a survey showing that more than a third of people don't trust the NHS with their personal information, a new EU-funded lobby group has stressed the need for a “new culture of openness” in allowing patient data to be shared between studies. eTRIKS, which describes itself as “the result of a …

NHS trusts ‘complacent’ on cloud app security risks

Almost half of NHS Trusts make no attempt to monitor cloud app usage, according to the results of a Freedom of Information request. The same FOI by cloud security firm Netskope also revealed that fewer than one-fifth of NHS Trusts have visibility into all cloud app use, leaving sensitive data vulnerable to both risky apps and …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2016

Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

Logowatch Those of delicate linguistic sensibilities are advised to look away as we report today that the Siemens tentacle previous known as Siemens Healthcare has gone under the surgeon's rebranding knife and emerged as the quite remarkable Siemens Healthineers. The Siemens Healthineers logo According to head honcho healthineer …
Lester Haines, 5 May 2016

Legion of demons found in ancient auto medical supply dispensing cabinets

Updated Consider this a reminder that end-of-life software doesn't get patches: researchers have turned up more than 1,400 vulnerabilities in a widespread automatic medical supply dispensing system from CareFusion, because old units are still running Windows XP. The computer-controlled dispensing cabinets are installed in hospitals …

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