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| Vol. 14 No. 2, January 25, 2017 | 


FACTS AND STATS

Healthcare Execs Worry about IoT and Mobile Hacking, but Aren't Preparing for Attacks
Despite major IoT attacks last year, and even though most organizations are extremely concerned about getting attacked, the majority are doing nothing to prevent these attacks, according to Arxan's 2017 Study on Mobile and IoT Application Security Report, independently conducted by the Ponemon Institute.
The majority of organizations are instead zeroing in on what is viewed as the biggest threat: Malware. Eighty-four percent of respondents are very concerned about the threat malware poses to mobile apps, while another 66 percent said they're concerned about the threat the virus poses to IoT.
In fact, most organizations are struggling to secure IoT apps, with 58 percent of IT leaders viewing IoT hacking as a bigger threat than mobile.
While it's helpful organizations are recognizing the threat to these devices, it's concerning that most aren't doing anything to prevent them, according to Arxan's Chief Marketing Officer Mandeep Khera.
While it's good news organizations are recognizing the threat: 79 percent said mobile app usage and 75 percent said IoT apps increased security risk very significantly or significantly, it's not enough. 
In the coming year, Khera expects to see more regulations, especially with IoT. Medical devices will be under more scrutiny, as well, especially given the recent updates to FDA guidelines. 2017 will also be a pivotal year for risk regulations.
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/healthcare-execs-worry-about-iot-and-mobile-hacking-arent-preparing-attacks


DIGITAL HEALTH

Stanford Medicine Starts Digital Health Center to Push Tech Partnerships
The Stanford University School of Medicine has announced the launch of a center to support collaborations between Stanford faculty and Silicon Valley technology companies to develop, test and implement new digital health tools. The Center for Digital Health aims to advance the field of digital health by promoting these partnerships, performing clinical research and educating the next generation of physicians and digital health care leaders.
“Digital health is a space where Stanford should be leading the way,” said Sumbul Desai, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and executive director of the center. “The new center will be focused on leveraging our resources and encouraging collaborations that will lead to better health care through digital technology.”
http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2017/01/stanford-launches-digital-health-center.html

Yale Researchers Tapping into Emerging Secure Cloud Platform for Sharing Patient Data
Yale researchers are working with a platform, dubbed Hugo, to mobilize patients so they can help with medical research, by allowing them to share their personal health information with researchers, via a cloud-based platform. Hugo was announced last May and is still in the testing phase.
According to Yale researchers, the platform is “highly secure,” and allows patients to draw records from multiple electronic health records held by a patient’s various healthcare providers. Hugo then synchronizes them with a research database.
“This could be a game changer,” says Harlan Krumholz, a developer of Hugo, and professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health at Yale School of Medicine. Krumholz is also the director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Yale-New Haven Hospital. “Hugo harnesses the very latest in digital health technology and puts patients in the center, making them true research partners.”
Anyone who is registered with a patient portal can participate in the testing phase of Hugo. The platform is IOS- and Adroid-compatible, and Stella Technology is providing the architecture and development for Hugo.
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/yale-researchers-building-secure-cloud-platform-sharing-patient-data


MEDICAL GADGETS

Electrospun Nanofibers as Orthopedic Scaffolds Help Bones Heal, New Implants Settle In
Chemists at the University of Helsinki have created a method of using nanofibers and thin-film biomaterials as orthopedic scaffolds to help regenerate bones and to help implants settle into their new home.
The nanofibers are made of electrospun hydroxyapatite, a naturally occuring mineral form of calcium apatite. The team developed a new, needleless twisted wire, method for creating them.
The materials produced using the new technique can promote new tissue growth and help the healing process along.  They are biodegradable and would exit the body after some time, and so won’t need to be explanted in a separate procedure.
http://www.medgadget.com/2017/01/electrospun-nanofibers-orthopedic-scaffolds-help-bones-heal-new-implants-settle.html

Skin Patch Automatically Releases Insulin to Control Blood Sugar
A collaboration between scientists at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a novel skin patch that delivers insulin in response to high levels of measured glucose. The technology, if proven to work successfully in humans, may have a transformative effect on diabetes management. The patch successfully controlled those and reduced the blood glucose levels to normal within two hours of a glucose spike.
http://www.medgadget.com/2017/01/skin-patch-automatically-releases-insulin-control-blood-sugar.html

Heartbeat Passwords Could be Used to Keep your Medical Records Safe
According to a new piece of research, investigators at Binghamton University in New York think the best way to do it might be by using a patient’s own unique, distinctive heartbeat as a form of password.“The proposed solution applies one extra layer of security protection on patients’ health data collected from emerging wearable gadgets or mobile devices,” Zhanpeng Jin, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, told Digital Trends. “The key goal is to reduce the computational overhead involved in protecting the sensitive personal health data.”
http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/heart-password-medical-records


GLOBAL WATERCOOLER

A Look Ahead at Digital Health and Health Policy under President Trump
Healthcare wasn’t exactly priority number one in President Donald Trump’s inaugural address this morning. In fact, despite the apparently looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the only reference to healthcare in the whole speech was a vague promise, buried with two or three other vague promises, to "to free the Earth from the miseries of disease”. Whether this is a veiled promise to increase federal investment in medical research remains to be seen, but it doesn’t seem consistent with Trump’s stated goals of slashing the federal budget.
http://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/look-ahead-digital-health-and-health-policy-under-president-trump

Digital Health, Reform and the Underserved, Where Will 2017 Lead?
HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors are tasked with unearthing and leading discussions on trending topics that will take center stage at HIMSS17.
This Twitter chat and commentary will serve as a primer for the government and population health management conversations that will be taking place in Orlando, Feb. 19-23.
Health reform and implications for underserved populations
In these first days of the Trump Administration, there is a great deal of uncertainty, but it’s clear that healthcare will remain in the spotlight. Repealing and replacing "Obamacare" is still at the top of the Republican party's — and President Trump's — agenda.
Congress and Trump have already taken steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), though a replacement for it has yet to be articulated. Trump promises "insurance for everybody" in a form that is "much less expensive and much better," but has yet to reveal details about how to meet his goals.
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/blog/commentary-digital-health-reform-and-underserved-where-will-2017-lead

Pfizer Invests in Swedish Digital Health Firm
Pfizer Venture Investments, in conjunction with Novo Seeds and Industrifonden, has put $9m into AMRA, whose areas of focus include obesity, diabetes, oncology and rare diseases.
Bill Burkoth, executive director at Pfizer Venture Investments said: “Pfizer Venture Investments invests in emerging companies developing technologies that can enhance Pfizer's pipeline and shape the future of our industry.
https://www.pmlive.com/blogs/digital_intelligence/archive/2017/january/pfizers_venture_capital_arm_has_invested_in_amra,_a_swedish_digital_health_firm_that_was_the_first_in_the_world_to_transform_images_from_a_six-minute_whole_body_mri_scan_into_precise_fat_and_muscle_measurements._1184795


TRENDS

Digital Health: Moving from Silos to Systems
From health officers conducting contact tracing with mobile phones in Ebola-affected countries to TB patients using apps to fulfill their treatment regimen, digital technology is playing an increasingly central role in global health.
In fact, over the past decade, the use of mobile and web-based technologies to improve health has grown significantly — not only in developed countries but in emerging economies as well.
The field of digital health, as it is now known, has seen an uptake in financial investments and the projects launched around the world, according to a recent study  by Health Data Collaborative . Strong health systems are built around reliable data. As such, digital technologies are becoming an integral component of efforts to achieve and measure progress toward ensuring people have access to affordable and quality health care, a principle enshrined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals .
https://blog.aids.gov/2017/01/digital-health-moving-from-silos-to-systems.html

Wearable Sensors as ‘Check Engine’ Light for Health
Interest in wearable sensors is growing along with efforts to personalize medicine, as scientists learn how to tailor treatments and preventive care to people’s genes, environment and lifestyle. The sensors are expected to be a part of the National Institutes of Health’s huge “precision medicine” study, planned to begin later this year.
The Stanford team is collecting reams of data – as many as 250,000 daily measurements – from volunteers who wear up to eight activity monitors or other sensors of varying sizes that measure heart rate, blood oxygen, skin temperature, sleep, calories expended, exercise and even exposure to radiation. That’s paired with occasional laboratory tests to measure blood chemistry and some genetic information.
https://durangoherald.com/articles/128866-wearable-sensors-as-x2018-check-engine-x2019-light-for-health


SIMPLY THE BEST

Dana Alexander to Receive the 2016 HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award
Dana Alexander has been named the recipient of the 2016 HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award. The award is jointly sponsored by HIMSS and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics. The boards of directors of both organizations select the recipient.
Alexander is a recognized industry thought leader, with expertise in population health, accountable care, strategic planning, patient engagement and clinical transformation, HIMSS and ANI said. Her expertise has helped create solutions that improve health outcomes and clinical efficiencies, the two organizations said.
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/dana-alexander-receive-2016-himss-ani-nursing-informatics-leadership-award


ELECTRONIC HEALTHCARE ARTICLES

Transforming Healthcare through Better Use of Data*
Jared Rhoads and Lynette Ferrara
Hospitals and health systems have more reasons — and more incentives — than ever to become data-driven. Increasingly they are being expected to take on more responsibility for improving the quality and safety of care for patients, improving care outcomes, and tackling healthcare cost inflation. 
http://www.longwoods.com/content/22931

Transforming Healthcare through Better Use of Data: A Canadian Context
Jérémy Veillard and Jean-Marie Berthelot
The authors postulate that in an increasingly competitive environment, hospitals and health systems in the US that will be able to leverage their data to improve patient care, drive innovation and improve organizational performance will generate an ongoing competitive advantage.
http://www.longwoods.com/content/22965


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