Drugmakers like Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline and Roche are increasingly teaming up with technology firms to create devices and apps allowing them to monitor patients' medication, adherence and habits and store the resulting data in cloud servers. But the growth of data collection via this "medical internet of things" presents new security risks as these internet-connected devices become targets for hackers and thieves.
As population ages, where are the geriatricians? | New York Times
By 2030, The U.S. will have a record high of 31 million residents over the age of 75, yet geriatrics ranks near the bottom of specialties pursued by new physicians. Experts say that's because geriatricians earn less than general internists despite completing more training, and low Medicare reimbursement rates make sustaining a practice difficult.
Epic Systems founder Judy Faulkner plans to give billions to charity | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Journal Sentinel profiles Epic Systems Corp. founder Judith Faulkner. Faulkner, who remains committed to keeping Epic private, last year pledged 99% of her wealth to philanthropy, but her interest in the wellbeing of her community started much earlier and is woven into Epic's culture.
State and federal agencies will share information on cyber-security threats to New Jersey's hospitals under an agreement signed on Tuesday. The agreement creates a formal reporting and notification system that could help prevent breaches of patient data and malicious disruptions of hospital operations, state officials claim. They also say it could provide crucial information during a national emergency or terrorist attack.
Telehealth expansion bill moves forward in Fla. Senate | Sunshine State News
The Florida Legislature's Senate Health Policy Committee approved to expand telehealth in the state. Last year, no bills addressing telehealth passed through the Legislature.
As cases of microcephaly increase amid the outbreak of Zika virus in the Americas, one Brazilian mother who has two daughters with the condition has created a support and information group using the popular mobile application WhatsApp that is helping hundreds of new mothers understand their childrens' condition.