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Cool technology of the week: Fingerprint scanners for iPads and iPhones

August 27, 2011 by MassDevice

A new iPad and iPhone finger print reader that does identity verification in the cloud brings a new level of functionality to consumer platforms for health care applications.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

I've written about strong identity management and the use of biometrics for secure applications such as prescribing controlled substances.

Hacker outs Medtronic, five devices to save Steve Jobs, public watchdog demands mesh recall | MassDevice.com +3

August 25, 2011 by MassDevice staff

The top three medical device stories for August 25, 2011.

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Insulin pump hacker outs Medtronic

August 25, 2011 by Arezu Sarvestani

Feeling dismissed by Medtronic spokespeople, insulin pump hacker Jay Radcliffe publicly revealed the device's vulnerabilities in an effort to pressure the med-tech giant into improving device security.

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The security expert who hacked his own insulin pump revealed that the device came from Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT), and accused the med-tech giant of ignoring his warnings.

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GOP hopeful Rick Perry's stem cell decision causes a clamor | MassDevice.com On Call

August 22, 2011 by MassDevice staff

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's decision to undergo a controversial stem cell therapy to treat his back pain gets mixed results.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Headlines are abuzz over GOP candidate Rick Perry's unusual decision to undergo a controversial and perhaps legally problematic stem cell therapy to treat his bad back.

Perry opted to have stem cells taken from fat in his back via liposuction, cultured in a lab and injected into his bloodstream in a procedure that is not yet determined safe or effective.

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Health information technology in an era of health care transformation

August 21, 2011 by MassDevice

Health info-tech experts gather at the "Role and Future of HIT in an Era of Health Care Transformation" symposium at George Washington University.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

Today I'm at George Washington University's "The Role and Future of HIT in an Era of Health Care Transformation Symposium" serving as moderator of a panel discussing the barriers and enablers to health information exchange, including the impact of PCAST Work.

The August HIT Standards Committee meeting

August 18, 2011 by MassDevice

Everything you wanted to know about latest health information technology meeting at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

By John D. Halamka, MD

Dr. John Halamka

The August meeting of the HIT Standards Committee (the 28th meeting of this FACA) was a milestone in parsimony. As you'll see, we approved a set of vocabulary recommendations and public health standards that represent harmony as well the fewest number of standards possible for the intended purpose.

Insulin pump hacker gets federal attention as Reps ask for GAO investigation

August 18, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Reps Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) ask the Government Accountability Office to look into medical device security in response to the DefCon report from an insulin pump hacker.

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The recent report of an computer security expert who hacked his own insulin pump got the attention of members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

This week senior committee members Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) urged the Government Accountability Office to investigate the safety and security of wireless medical devices, citing an article written about the pump hack.

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