Health IT

Seemingly innocuous web browser extensions are actually a gateway for health and other data to be collected––and even put up for sale, according to Geoffrey Fowler, technology columnist for The Washington Post.

With healthcare being the largest employer in the U.S. and projected to reach 20% of national GDP in the coming years, the sector is ripe with startups looking to make a stake. However, digital health startups are struggling, even with an influx of investment cash, as a result of the current market, according to Justin Barad, MD, co-founder of surgical training platform Osso VR.

CVS Health has launched a new platform aimed at addressing social determinants of health, in collaboration with social care coordination platform Unite Us. The initiative is the first in a series of business programs to be announced by CVS Health targeting social determinants of health, which influence roughly 60% of a person’s life expectancy, the company said.

The financial impact of healthcare data breaches on organizations is nearly $6.5 million, according to a recent IBM study on data breach costs. Healthcare organizations had the highest cost of a breach than other industries for the ninth year in a row––about 60% more than other industries in the study.

Over the last few years, the number of physicians using telemedicine has doubled, according to a new report from Doximity, and the number continues to increase 20% annually. The new report underscores the growing emergence of the new technologies and the rising need for easy access to medical care among certain populations.

 

Women are out-earning their male counterparts in the role of chief information officer in the healthcare field, according to a new salary report from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

U.K. residents will soon be able to utilize their Amazon Alexa voice technology to get certain medical information, after the National Health Service (NHS) struck a partnership with Amazon.

UC Health, an integrated academic health system based in Cincinnati, has named its first vice president and chief data and analytics officer. The creation of the executive position reflects the rising importance of data-driven strategies in healthcare organizations.

Social media networks like Facebook and YouTube are seeing a wave of false medical information about dubious cancer treatments, with millions of views, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The University of Chicago and Google are facing a class action lawsuit after one former patient at UChicago’s medical center accused the institution of sharing patient records and violating privacy rights.

Uber Health recently teamed up with Carisk Partners, a specialty risk transfer and care coordination provider, to reduce travel complications of getting to the doctor.

CVS Health has launched a new platform that allows its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients to contract, implement and manage their health and wellness solutions.