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PositiveID’s FDA-Cleared “iGlucose” System Gains AT&T Certification and Access to its Network


It’s been announced that PositiveID, makers of mobile medical devices for diabetes management, has gained AT&T certification for its “iGlucose” system in addition to access to the largest US-based global network for connectivity.

PositiveID’s FDA-cleared iGlucose mHealth system is designed to “simplify diabetes management” for the millions of individuals impacted by the ever-growing disease.  Through its AT&T certification, users of iGlucose now have access to AT&T’s vast data network, allowing for remote data-transfer in real-time.  iGlucose is the first and only pocket-sized mobile health device specifically designed to connect to industry leading glucometers to transmit blood glucose readings anytime, anywhere.

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Healthcare Data Breaches Up by 32 Percent


Yesterday we covered a new report and survey sponsored recently from data security consulting firm ID Experts that details the growing trend of healthcare data breaches and security threats, despite improvements in policy management and training at healthcare organizations.

Today, new data was released showing data breaches are actually up 32 percent over last year.  For the study, senior personnel at 72 health care organizations in the administration, clinical, compliance, financial, privacy and security departments were interviewed, and found the three leading causes of increased breaches relate to lost or stolen equipment, errors by third parties and employee mistakes.  In fact, mistakes by employees have led to many data breach increases according to 41 percent of respondents.

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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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Mobile Behavioral Monitoring Platform Ginger.io Raises $1.7M For its Mobile Health Tracking Solution


Mobile location in healthcare is nothing new, there’s tons of apps on the market that can direct you to the nearest emergency room or pharmacy, for example, but taking things a few steps further could potentially open up a plethora of new solutions and services within the healthcare industry.  A new startup called Ginger.io is doing just that.

Ginger.io, which was born out of the MIT Media Lab, has created a platform with one goal in mind — taking the mounds of behavioral data collected from mobile users via their smartphones and building cutting-edge solutions on top of it.  The company realized that there’s an enormous amount of data that can be easily collected from mobile devices that could be used to track one’s personal health.

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AT&T Has 13M “Emerging Devices” On Its Network, Many of Which Related to mHealth


AT&T says it currently has over 13M so-called “emerging devices” on its wireless network.  While some are related to basic monitoring, vehicle technology and other devices, a vast majority of these devices are healthcare related.

AT&T has long had an interest in mHealth, vowing to make its wireless network and data services available to any medical device or service that needs it.  USA Today recently ran an article detailing two such devices and services that have partnered with AT&T for connectivity.  The first of which is a device called a GlowCap from a company called Vitality.  The devices replaces the top of prescription pill bottles and light up regularly when drugs should be taken.  If a patient forgets to take the medication, a phone call or text message is sent as a reminder using connectivity by AT&T.  “It’s one great example of a simplistic device that will help that whole ecosystem to be more efficient,” says Glenn Lurie, AT&T’s president for emerging devices, national resale and partnerships.

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