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Feds, Philips Warn of Security Flaw in HealthSuite mHealth App

December 12, 2018 - Philips and the Department of Homeland Security are issuing warnings about weak security features on an mHealth app that could make it susceptible to hacking. The company and DHS Industrial Control Systems' Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) say the Philips HealthSuite Health Android app - which enables users to monitor heart rate activity, sleep, blood pressure, weight and...

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New mHealth Technology Platform Aims to Validate Remote Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Several mHealth companies are joining forces to create a clinician-facing platform for assuring data integrity and patient identification in remote patient monitoring programs. The OpenMedReady framework is being developed by Philips,...

Security Fears Outweigh Benefits in Mobile Device Management Report

by Eric Wicklund

A global survey of health system executives finds that mobile devices are driving patient satisfaction and experience across the enterprise – yet less than half of those decision-makers aren’t confident in the security of the...

EHR Provider Touts mHealth Access by Apple’s Facial Recognition App

by Eric Wicklund

The developer of an mHealth-based electronic health record platform has reportedly become the first to enable EHR access by facial recognition. Drchrono announced this week that its EHR can now be opened through Apple’s new Face ID...

Will Europe Ban mHealth Devices in Corporate Wellness Programs?

by Eric Wicklund

US businesses and health plans are keeping an eye on a proposed EU mandate that would prohibit the use of mHealth wearables in corporate wellness programs. The European Union’s Article 29 Working Party issued a 24-page data...

mHealth Hacking Threat Prompts FDA to Issue Pacemaker Recall

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing recalls for roughly 500,000 implantable pacemakers, saying the mHealth devices are susceptible to hacking. In an Aug. 29 directive, the FDA is urging anyone with pacemakers developed by...

Can Behaviors Replace the Password on Mobile Health Devices?

by Eric Wicklund

With mobile devices in healthcare becoming the rule, rather than the exception, Aetna is looking to take advantage of that mobility to improve mHealth privacy and security. Researchers at one of the nation’s largest insurers are...

New Resource Helps mHealth App Developers Understand HIPAA

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers and mHealth app developers trying to understand the complexities of HIPAA now have a new resource at their disposal. The Connected Health Initiative, an offshoot of ACT | The App Association, has launched an...

FDA Issues Final Guidance on mHealth Device Security

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have released final guidance on protecting mHealth devices from hackers, and is calling on the mHealth community to build cybersecurity into their mobile health products. The 30-page document, issued on December 28 by...

mHealth Developer Warns Doctors, Patients About Hacking Threat

by Eric Wicklund

In an mHealth industry first, a developer of digital insulin pumps is warning users that one of its devices could be hacked – with possibly fatal results. Officials at Johnson & Johnson are playing down the potential for a...

mHealth’s Answer to Mobile Security May Be NFMI

by Eric Wicklund

A chip-and-antenna technology that creates a wireless “bubble” around users is being touted as the next big thing in mHealth security. Near Field Magnetic Induction (NMFI) creates a short-range (up to nine feet), low-power...

Will ‘Wanda’ Solve a Health System’s mHealth Security Concerns?

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Dartmouth College are developing a mobile “wand” that could protect sensitive data and images transmitted between devices in the health system setting. Called “Wanda,” the device is equipped with two...

mHealth App Security is a Myth, New Survey Finds

by Eric Wicklund

Close to 90 percent of healthcare executives surveyed for a recent study feel their organization’s apps are “adequately secure.” Yet 86 percent of the most popular apps used by healthcare provides aren’t that...


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