Health Care IT & Technology

Cyber security breaches hit unprecedented highs in UK defence industry

Cyber security breaches hit unprecedented highs in UK defence industry. An unprecedented number of security incidents were reported to the Ministry of Defence during the last 12 months. Heavily redacted defence documents reveal an increase in security breaches Cyber security breaches have risen to unprecedented levels across the British defence industry over the last year, according to a heavily redacted government document obtained by Sky News. Sky News previously revealed the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 [...]

Digital health investment reaches second-highest level in 2019

Digital health investment reaches second-highest level in 2019 The US digital health sector enjoyed its second-highest year of investment in 2019, just slightly down on an all-time record in 2018. A total of $7.5bn (£5.7bn) was invested into a diverse range of start-ups attempting to digitise and disrupt the colossal $3.8 trillion (£2.9 trillion) US healthcare system, and overhaul a healthcare system that continues to provide some of the best care on the planet, yet is one of the poorest in [...]

China jails ‘gene-edited babies’ scientist for three years

China jails 'gene-edited babies' scientist for three years. AFP - He Jiankui sparked an international backlash with his experiment last year. A scientist in China who said he had created the world's first gene-edited babies has been jailed for three years. He Jiankui was convicted of violating a government ban by carrying out his own experiments on human embryos, to try to give them protection against HIV. He was globally condemned when he announced his experiments, and the birth of twin babies, last [...]

NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal

NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal. UK health service will not gain commercial benefit from future Amazon products using its data Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government. The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational technology company to make, advertise and sell its own products. In July the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said a partnership with the NHS that allowed Amazon [...]

Mobile health and apps news in brief

Mobile health and apps news in brief. This month’s mobile apps round-up features an augmented reality asthma app to teach children how to use their inhaler, and a self-care app helping heart patients in Cambridge exercise safely. Asthma app to be rolled out across Suffolk An augmented reality asthma training app is being rolled out across Suffolk healthcare and education settings by Suffolk Public Health and Orbital Media. MySpira, the world’s first metered dose inhaler training app to use the new augmented reality [...]