October 18, 2018
Xcertia, a standards and guidelines body for mobile apps, today announced the draft release of its updated Privacy and Security Guidelines, a document consisting of practical and descriptive advice for health app designers.
The group has opened the draft up for comment from stakeholders and industry members for the next 45 days, Chuck Parker, managing director at Xcertia, said here at the...
October 4, 2018
This morning BlackBerry launched a new "Enterprise of Things" (EOT) platform called the BlackBerry Spark, as well as a slew of new healthcare related-products that will be powered by the system including a quantum-resistant code signing server, a new system that uses blockchain to deliver medical data and an operating system for secure medical devices.
The quantum-resistant code signing server...
July 10, 2018
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July 2, 2018
A security vulnerability affecting more than 3,000 mobile apps is exposing more than 4 million protected health records that include prescription details and sensitive chat messages, according to a report from mobile app security firm Appthority.
The opening — which also includes 2.6 million plaintext passwords and user IDs, 25 million GPS location records, and 50,000 financial records — is a...
July 2, 2018
Toby Gouker, CISO at First Health Advisory Solutions, says the bad guys have decided to pick on the healthcare community, which means there is little time for the industry to shore up its defenses.
June 28, 2018
Medical device cybersecurity software company MedCrypt announced today that it has raised $1.9 million in new seed funding. The round’s primary backer was Eniac Ventures, with additional participation from Sway Ventures, Nex Cubed, Oronoco Investments, and Friedman BioVentures.
Mike Kijewski, CEO and cofounder of MedCrypt, told Babyforyou.net.ua that his company will be using the proceeds from this...
March 9, 2016
Last week at HIMSS, ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage talked about what HIPAA doesn't say. On Thursday, her predecessor, former ONC privacy chief Joy Pritts, talked about what HIPAA doesn't cover. Pritts, now a consultant, was joined by Morgan Reed, the executive director of ACT The App Association, in a talk about pitfalls providers can fall into when it comes to patient data privacy.
January 13, 2016
According to a new report from data security company Arxan, even some FDA-cleared mobile health apps and apps recommended by the UK’s NHS are vulnerable to multiple security risks from the Open Web Application Security Project’s list of top ten mobile security vulnerabilities. On top of that, nearly half of health IT decision makers who oversee apps expect to be hacked in the next six months.
June 10, 2015
Asking "Dr. Google" about a medical problem isn't just a questionable way to get good answers -- it's also a potential security risk, according to research by Tim Libert, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, who was recently featured on NPR's All Tech Considered.
"Anything that is happening on the web today is pretty much completely unregulated," Libert told NPR's Robert Siegel. "There...
January 15, 2015
"Do-it-yourself healthcare", including mobile apps and consumer medical devices, is set to be the top healthcare trend of 2015, according to research and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC announced its top 10 predicted healthcare trends of 2015 in a webinar promoting their new report, and their top three are mobile health-related trends, with mobile and digital playing a role in several...