NHS told to ditch 'absurd' fax machines

NHS told to ditch 'absurd' fax machines

The Department of Health said a change to more modern communication methods was needed to improve patient safety and cyber security. In place of fax machines, the Department of Health said secure email should be used.

There’s No Such Thing as Anonymous Data. But This Is How They’re Playing us with It.

There’s No Such Thing as Anonymous Data. But This Is How They’re Playing us with It.

Because I’ve appealed to your most basic common sense reactions with a shallow argument (but worthwhile benefit — don’t get me wrong), and right here I’d have an excuse to use your data for other purposes.

Big business with health data – healthbank – Medium

Big business with health data – healthbank – Medium

By sending in their saliva samples, customers agree that their genetic data can be resold to research institutes or pharmaceutical companies, for example, leading to 23andme gaining such a large market value.

Microsoft's Android launcher now tracks your digital health

Microsoft's Android launcher now tracks your digital health

As The Verge notes, the Microsoft Launcher runs on devices running Android 4.2 and later. This gives people with older devices a major digital health option without having to buy new hardware.

You Snooze, You Lose: How Insurers Dodge The Costs Of Popular Sleep Apnea Devices

You Snooze, You Lose: How Insurers Dodge The Costs Of Popular Sleep Apnea Devices

From his bedside, the device was tracking when he was using it and sending the information not just to his doctor, but to the maker of the machine, to the medical supply company that provided it and to his health insurer.

What DNA testing kit companies are really doing with your data – Computer Security Articles

What DNA testing kit companies are really doing with your data – Computer Security Articles

Thinking back to her sign-up experience, Sarah suddenly worried about the massive amount of personally identifiable information she already handed over to the company.

Microsoft Azure is now certified to host sensitive health data in France

Microsoft Azure is now certified to host sensitive health data in France

This makes Microsoft the first major cloud provider capable of meeting the strict standards of storing and processing health data for data centers located in France, and under the new certification process that began in June 2018.

Google accused of 'trust demolition' over health app

Google accused of 'trust demolition' over health app

Lawyer and privacy expert Julia Powles, who has closely followed the development of Streams, responded on Twitter: "DeepMind repeatedly, unconditionally promised to 'never connect people's intimate, identifiable health data to Google'.

Google accused of 'trust demolition' over health app

Google accused of 'trust demolition' over health app

Lawyer and privacy expert Julia Powles, who has closely followed the development of Streams, responded on Twitter: "DeepMind repeatedly, unconditionally promised to 'never connect people's intimate, identifiable health data to Google'. DeepMind repeatedly, unconditionally promised to *never* connect people's intimate, identifiable health data to Google.

Google 'betrays patient trust' with DeepMind Health move

Google 'betrays patient trust' with DeepMind Health move

Google has been accused of breaking promises to patients, after the company announced it would be moving a healthcare-focused subsidiary, DeepMind Health, into the main arm of the organisation. Google says the restructure is necessary to allow DeepMind’s flagship health app, Streams, to scale up globally.

Exclusive: This Huge Hospital System Is Offering Its 30,000 Workers Free Genetic Tests

Exclusive: This Huge Hospital System Is Offering Its 30,000 Workers Free Genetic Tests

Klasko and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Karen Knudsen, enterprise director of the NCI-Designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, spoke with me about initiative and its goal of promoting personalized treatment for employees—as well as what sets it apart from increasingly popular at-home DNA testing services like 23andMe.

EPIC Urges Agencies to Abandon Data Practices that Extend Detention of Children

The proposed rule also conflicts with a Privacy Impact Assessment, which fails to assess this risk. EPIC had previously warned Congress about the misuse of immigrant data by the DHS.

Need medical help? Sorry, not until you sign away your privacy

Need medical help? Sorry, not until you sign away your privacy

I dutifully entered my info anyway—immediate physical needs have a way of leapfrogging over data privacy concerns, even for people like me who feel strongly about maintaining control over how their information is collected and used.

California Banned Default Passwords, But Will This Increase Security?

California Banned Default Passwords, But Will This Increase Security?

This law mandates that manufacturers preprogram a unique password for each individual device and that the user is required to change this password upon first login.

This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise

This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise

This flu season, Clorox paid to license information from Kinsa, a tech start-up that sells internet-connected thermometers that are a far cry from the kind once made with mercury and glass.

Hackers steal data of 75,000 users after Healthcare.gov FFE breach

Hackers steal data of 75,000 users after Healthcare.gov FFE breach

Healthcare insurance agents and brokers use the FFE to enroll users into Obamacare plans made available through the official HealthCare.gov portal. US citizens can still enroll for Obamacare health care plans via the HealthCare.gov portal or the Marketplace Call Center.

Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people

A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. CMS didn’t say exactly what kind of data was included in the stolen files, nor did it say how the breach happened.

This Smartphone App Can Spot Depression Even Before You Find It

This Smartphone App Can Spot Depression Even Before You Find It

This is why a startup named Mindstrong Health from Palo Alto, California is trying to help people find out about their conditions in the most ingenious way — through a smartphone app!

Employers embrace health apps

Employers embrace health apps

The Kaiser Family Foundation's annual review of employer-based insurance shows that 21% of large employers collect health information from employees' mobile apps or wearable devices, as part of their wellness programs — up from 14% last year.

Walmart files patent for stress-tracking cart handle

Walmart files patent for stress-tracking cart handle

"It is noted that the biometric data and the cart movement data collected during the use of the shopping cart is not tied or otherwise linked to the identity of the individual customer," the company said in its patent application.

Google's DeepMind gains access to wide swath of British healthcare data

Under an agreement with the UK's National Health Service (NHS), Google's AI unit DeepMind has gained access to health care data on patients from three London hospitals, New Scientist reports.

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

He’s going to investigate how technology can help diagnose and treat mental health conditions . A growing number of people choose to track their own physical condition using FitBits, Jawbones and other activity trackers, tiny wearable devices that monitor your movements, pulse rate, sleep patterns and more.

What happens when life insurance companies track fitness data?

What happens when life insurance companies track fitness data?

Last week, life insurance company John Hancock Financial announced that it would only sell so-called interactive policies that allow customers to share fitness data in exchange for discounts.

Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

The decision casts uncertainty over what the appropriate upper limit for these types of financial incentives should be — specifically when employers offer them to workers to participate in programs that require clinical testing or the disclosure of their personal health data.

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

Going forward, app developers will only be able to access data from the reports 23andMe generates for customers, such as ancestry composition or risk probabilities for genetic diseases like Parkinson’s. The company says qualified researchers will still have access to raw genetic data, provided that customers have consented to share their information through the API.

Bloomington schools will test 'smart' thermometers for early alerts on sickness

Bloomington schools will test 'smart' thermometers for early alerts on sickness

Crowdsourcing has emerged in health care over the past decade as researchers tried to predict illness patterns by analyzing terms that consumers enter into search engines such as Google or sickness information logged by large numbers of consumers into apps such as Flu Near You.

4 Benefits of a World with Less Privacy

Even today, just about every American has already unwittingly opted out of privacy for the convenience of surfing the web, monitoring their physical activity with fitness trackers, or receiving digital discounts at the grocery store, among many other online activities.

DNA Testing Cos. Increase Lobbying as Privacy Concerns Mount

DNA Testing Cos. Increase Lobbying as Privacy Concerns Mount

As the popularity of genetic and genealogy testing companies, such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe, skyrockets, and privacy concerns mount over how user data is secured, the companies are increasing their presence in Washington.

Behavioral biometrics: Websites and apps are learning from how you type, hold your phone, and use your mouse

Behavioral biometrics: Websites and apps are learning from how you type, hold your phone, and use your mouse

Few companies are admitting to the use of behavioral biometrics – much less, actively seeking consent from its users to gather and analyze this information.