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Apple's iDoctor makes it easy for docs to find medical apps | On Call

September 15, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Apple dedicates a portion of its AppStore to help docs find the best health care apps for the iPad and iPhone.

MassDevice On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Health care providers now have their own section of the successful AppStore, called "Apps for Healthcare Professionals," currently includes 49 apps for iPhone users and 52 for iPad.

The new section includes six categories for doctors to choose from: reference apps, educational apps, EMR & parient monitoring apps, imaging apps, point of care apps and personal care apps, and about a dozen of the apps are for consumer use.

Hackers, privacy breaches and medical device security

September 14, 2011 by MassDevice

Med-tech makers need to take the reins in ensuring that devices have security built in from the start, says Cisco's former senior security advisor.

Medical Marcom

A Medical Marcom guest post from Christopher Burgess, the former senior security advisor to the chief security officer at Cisco.

In the first seven months of 2011, more than 5.5 million patient records containing personal health information (PHI) were exposed via 126 separate breach/loss events according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (Date of info: Aug 27, 2011).

Twitter and life sciences: How to get it right

September 13, 2011 by MassDevice

More actors in the life sciences industry are taking to Twitter to stay informed, foster strategic relationships and keep an eye on the market.


(Photo: Chinen Keiya/Flickr)

By Maude Tessier

Like many, I have a Facebook page where I share funny travel stories and cute pictures of my cat with friends and family.

But for a long time I didn't understand how such a platform, and others like Twitter, could affect how business is conducted in the life science industry, and how it fit in my own professional life as a hospital technology licensing manager.

The impact of 9/11 on health care IT

September 12, 2011 by MassDevice

The attacks of Sept. 11, 2011 left a mark in the way that health care providers view emergencies and back up their systems.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

On September 11, 2001, I was sitting in my Harvard Clinical Research Institute office (I was CIO there from 2001-2007 as part of my Harvard Medical School CIO duties). A staff member ran into my office and told me that a plane had crashed into a World Trade Center Tower. This sounded like a horrible accident.

Medtronic's Omar Ishrak expands the global mission, talks mobile and defends Infuse | On Call

September 12, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Medtronic's newly minted chief executive plans big moves in India, makes the case for mobile health care and defends its controversial Infuse bone therapy product.

MassDevice On Call

MASSDEVICE ON CALL —Medtronic Inc.'s (NYSE:MDT) new CEO Omar Ishrak has big plan for the company, including a focused push toward India and a spotlight on mobile health care.

He called India the "biggest hole" in the company's global reach, and the Minnesota-based med-tech goliath is looking for opportunities to build up its R&D efforts there.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders talk change

September 11, 2011 by MassDevice

Discussing the future of healthcare information exchange with the VITL.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Data security: A rising problem for electronic health records

September 9, 2011 by MassDevice

Recent news of thousands of exposed patient records marks a growing trend in breaches of patient privacy and health record security.

By Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC

Westby Fisher

It was kind of funny reading this recent article from the New York Times that focuses on a relatively small health data breach from Stanford Hospital's emergency room: