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HealthTap Taps New Chief Healthcare Officer

HealthTap Taps New Chief Healthcare OfficerA representative for Palo-Alto based HealthTap, a company that connects people with doctors and their knowledge via mobile devices and personal computers, tells mHealthWatch that Dr. Jay Wohlgemuth has joined the team as Chief Healthcare Officer.

According to a statement provided via email, this is an “unprecedented move in the healthcare industry.” How so? It’s not every day that a well-known executive exiting a Fortune 500 company comes to a Silicon Valley startup.

Dr. Wohlgemuth is the former Chief Scientific Officer and SVP of R&D and Medical at Quest Diagnostics. So why did he make the move? The prominent exec is “passionate about the power of data to improve decisions impacting everyone’s health and well-being.”
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Diversinet Receives Patent for Storing Healthcare Data on Mobile Devices

It was announced today that Diversinet, who bills itself as a “leader in connected and protected mobile healthcare communication,” has been awarded a patent for its method for storing sensitive personal health information on mobile devices.

U.S. Patent # 8,051,297, “A Method for Binding a Security Element to a Mobile Device,” covers the security of information on smartphones and tablets, and prevents unauthorized access to sensitive data via an “Anti-Cloning Encryption” method.  This method prevents access to the information if it’s transferred to another mobile device and uses characteristics of a mobile device’s unique identity, such as its serial number, to create the encryption passkey.

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Investor Group Launches $50M Investment Fund Focused On the mHealth Market

Washington D.C.-based investor group, Hickory Ridge, announced today that its launching a $50M investment fund to “jump start development in the mobile health market.”

The group said it aims to fund startups with anywhere between $500K and $2M and will focus on telemedicine systems and patient-oriented apps for managing medical data.  The investor group is lead by former MedStar Health CEO John McDaniel along with former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Donald Phillips and technology entrepreneur James Kelly.  The new mHealth investment fund is yet to be named, according to the group.

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A Case For EHR: HHS Reports Nearly 7.9M Health Records Exposed in Data Breaches

A new report out by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proves the need for better organization, regulation and security around sensitive patient health records, a problem digital and mobile technology can help solve.

Since early 2009, there have been more than 30,000 data breaches, affecting nearly 7.9 million people who have had their health records exposed, according to the report.   Thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, HIPAA-compliant organizations must provide notification to individuals, the Secretary, and sometimes even the media (if more than 500 individuals were affected), of breaches in unsecured health information.

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Verizon Launches Smartphone & Tablet Support On Its Secure Healthcare Identity Solution

Verizon announced recently that it’s expanding the use of its healthcare “Universal Identity Services” (UIS) to smartphones and tablets running Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.

Launched in November of last year, UIS is a managed software as a service (SaaS) utility that allows healthcare professionals to access various documents and information using secure medical identity credentials.  For example, physicians can use Verizon’s security credentials to do things like access e-prescribing applications, view and modify Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and securely authenticate various other Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

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